European Court Rules Ban on Halal Slaughter

The European court said that the ban on slaughtering animals without stunning them is to protect animal welfare.
Courtroom of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg
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The European Court of Human Rights has ruled the ban which indicates that slaughtering of animals will only be allowed after they are stunned.

As per the court, this ban is in line with European laws and it doesn’t violate the rights of Muslims and Jews. The ban was upheld in the two regions of Belgium, Flanders and Wallonia.

However, the ban received widespread criticism from the Islamic community who argued that this ban was against their religions.

The ban they argue will restrict them from accessing meat and beef though this food item conforms to religious dietary rules. These individuals further stated that stunning animals before slaughtering are forbidden in their religion.

Despite the criticism the court rejected their appeal and arguments and stated that the law imposed in 2019 and 2020 in Flanders and Wallonia has nothing to do with religion as Muslims and Jews can still practice their faith and can even obtain meat from authentic sources.

As per the court, the ban is a reasonable and proportionate way to protect animal welfare and is a public right. This decision had a major impact on the Muslim and Jewish communities in Flanders and Wallonia, who could not slaughter animals according to halal methods.

The decision also has implications for other European Convention on Human Rights countries, including the Netherlands, where similar bans are being considered.

Muslim groups and individuals who challenged the ban will have three months to decide whether to appeal the decision. If they do not file an appeal or lose the appeal, the resolution will be final.

This decision represents an important change in the legal situation regarding religious practices and animal welfare in Europe. This decision adds to the complexity and controversy of the ongoing debate on the regulation of the fight against crime in Europe.

The debate involves many issues, including animal rights, religious freedom, cultural diversity, and social integration. This decision raises questions about how these issues can be reconciled and resolved fairly and respectfully.

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