The Parliament of the Belgian region of Flanders approved a bill banning the ritual slaughter practiced by religious Jews and Muslims. This law will come into force in 2019.
About it writes on Monday, July 3, the Jewish news Agency JTA.
The newspaper reminds that in may of this year a similar law was adopted by the Parliament of another Belgian region of Wallonia, located in the South of the country, where there are only a few hundred Jews. The Walloons will start doing it in September 2019.
Recall that ritual slaughter, called in Hebrew «shechita», requires that animals were conscious when they produce bleeding. Animal rights activists call it inhumane, while supporters of the «shechita» argue that the mechanized method of slaughter used at slaughterhouses, even more cruel.
Note that the Jewish community of Belgium has today 40,000 people, half of whom live in Flanders and one in Brussels. Kosher slaughterhouses of Antwerp, capital of Flanders, supply kosher meat to many of the Jewish communities of Europe.