Kosher slaughter ban in Belgium

Several Belgian regions have adopted legislation that would make shehita (kosher slaughter) illegal in Belgium, allegedly in the name of animal welfare. Such a ban would prevent minority faith communities in the country from practicing a central tenet of their religions; create insecurity around the protections afforded to male circumcision practices; and violate the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, the European Convention on Human Rights, and the Belgian Constitution itself, all of which guarantee freedom of religion. In partnership with the Belgian Federation of Jewish Organizations (CCOJB), The Lawfare Project is challenging laws passed in the Walloon and Flanders regions.

Benjamin Ryberg