Belgian Jews regret decision of Flanders parliament to outlaw Shechita

The umbrella organisation of Belgian Jews has regretted the decision of the Parliament in the northern region of Flanders to outlaw the slaughter of non-stunned animals, thereby joining the southern parliament in the Wallonie region in effectively banning Shechita.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Coordinating Committee of Belgian Jewish Organisations, the country’s EJC affiliate, said that while it “respected the law”, the two regions had sent “a negative political message to the citizens of our country because (the new legislation) is illogical and that these laws do not respect the principles of necessity, equality or proportionality, nor the European laws in this matter.”


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