Belgian Jews struggling in wake of ban on kosher slaughter

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The Jewish community in Belgium is struggling to deal with the repercussions of a de facto ban on kosher slaughter in the country that was recently reaffirmed by the EU’s highest court.

Belgium’s law against slaughtering animals without pre-stunning was passed in 2017. With Jewish and Muslim religious practice not allowing stunning before slaughter, the law effectively makes kosher and halal slaughter illegal in Belgium.