Law banning ritual slaughter of animals to become effective in Belgium


(JTA) — A ban in Belgium on the Jewish and Muslim methods of ritual slaughter of animals will go into effect on New Year’s Day.

The Flemish Region, whose capital is Antwerp, passed the measure in July 2017 over vociferous objections by faith community leaders. It becomes effective on Jan. 1.

A similar ban in the Walloon Region, another of the three parts that make up the federal kingdom of Belgium, is set to become effective in September.

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