Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Belgium: Flanders Region bans form of kosher slaughter

Via JTA:
The Parliament in the northern Belgium Flanders, or Flemish, region unanimously passed a resolution banning ritual slaughter without stunning.

The decision, made last week, follows a similar one approved in May by the Walloon Parliament in the south, Belgium’s largest  region. Both measures will take effect in 2019.

Half of Belgium’s Jewish population of 40,000 people lives in the Flemish region. The remaining 20,000 live in the Brussels region. Walloon is home to just a few hundred Jews.

Kosher slaughterhouses in Antwerp, the capital of the Flemish region, provide meat to many Jewish communities in Europe.

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