The Waloon region in Belgium has voted to ban both halal and kosher meat. In a unanimous vote the environmental committee in the waloon region located in southern Belgium has passed new legislation that rules that it is illegal to slaughter unstunned animals, making halal and kosher meat impossible to produce in the region. The ban will take effect in the waloon region in 2019, other regions of Belgium will not be effected by the new law, however other parts of Belgium are considering a ban such as the northern Flemish region of Belgium.
What is halal meat?
Halal meat is meat produced through an Islamic ritual which require the butcher to slit the throat of an animal whilst Islamic versus are recited. Halal is important to muslims as the Quran only permits Muslims to only eat meat that is halal. Many have criticised the production of halal meat because many see it as an inhuman and brutal way of killing animals. Back in 2016 Morrissey from the 80’s band the smiths criticised newly elected Muslim London mayor Sadie Khan for eating halal meat saying “He eats halal-butchered beings, and talks so quickly that people can’t understand him – and that suits the British media perfectly.”
A Muslim spokesperson for the Muslim community of Belgium has said about the ban that
“Muslims are worried about whether they can eat halal food … in conformity with their religious rites and beliefs,”
Maybe it time we banned halal meat here in Britain and do away with this abhorrent practise too?