In 2017 both the Flanders and Walloon Regions of Belgium passed a law that requires pre-stunning before the slaughter or animals.
This law is in direct opposition to the Jewish law, which requires than an animal be uninjured and in optimal health before slaughter. While the law is masking its anti-Semitism in animal rights, there is scientific research which suggests that kosher slaughter is in fact, more humane than the pre-stunning method. Under this law, Muslim ritual slaughter of animals is also prohibited.
As of tomorrow the law will go into effect in the Flanders region, and is set to be implemented in the Walloon region by September 2019.
Chairman of the Europe Jewish Association (EJA), Rabbi Menachem Margolin, who also serves as the director general of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe (RCE), said “This is very unfortunate for us, but we will continue to fight for European Jewry and grow stronger together, despite the difficulties.”
Rabbi Margolin has been instrumental in assisting the Belgium Jewish community difficult time. He notes that the RCE and EJA will continue to help the communities that are blatantly oppressing their religious residents by organizing and transporting kosher products from countries that practice freedom of religion.
He concludes, passionately, that, “We publicly fought for religious rights of various Jewish communities throughout Europe on a political level, and have succeeded. We will continue to do so in Belgium and in every other European country that is attempting to hinder Jews from living a peaceful religious life.”