Belgium's Flemish Region Bans Jewish and Muslim Methods of Ritual Animal Slaughter

Flemish Region passed the measure in July despite adamant objections by faith community leaders

A man walking past a butcher shop in Paris which advertises that it sells Halal meat.
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A ban in Belgium on the Jewish and Muslim methods of ritual slaughter of animals went 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 became effective on January 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.