The Parliament of the Brussels-Capital Region will soon be debating and voting on a ban on religious slaughter.
A petition against this ban has been launched online and has collected over 100,000 signatures.
“For us, the people of Brussels, this is a restriction of our freedom of worship guaranteed by the Constitution and a stigmatisation of the Muslim and Jewish communities under false pretences. In order to make our voice heard, we have set up ‘The Citizen’s Collective for Religious Freedom’ with the campaign ‘#MyPlaceMyFreedom'”, explain the petitioners.
Brussels MP Jonathan De Patoul (DéFI) re-launched the Brussels debate on religious slaughter by tabling a draft ordinance with the support of the Flemish majority parties, but without Ecolo and the Socialist Party.
The aim of this draft ordinance is to make it compulsory to stun an animal at the time of slaughter.