EU court okays Belgian bans on ritual slaughter, dealing major blow to Jewish, Muslim advocates

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The bans in Belgium on the slaughter of animals for meat without stunning do not violate EU principles on freedom of worship, the European Union’s highest court has ruled.

The ruling Thursday by the EU Court of Justice was on a petition filed to it by several Belgian communal organizations, including the CCOJB umbrella group of French-speaking Jews, on a ban that went into effect last year on such forms of slaughter in two out of Belgium’s three states.