Jewish and Muslim methods of slaughter involve the animals' throats being cut with a sharp knife, which advocates say results in death almost immediately.
Proponents of the practice argued the ruling applied to the entire industry, while opponents said for-export slaughter without stunning was illegal.
Halal translates to "permissible or lawful" in English. With reference to food, it is the notable dietary standard for observant Muslims, as prescribed in the Quran.
"Many in the Jewish and Muslim community only eat kosher or halal food, and have not been able to benefit from these programs if they do not provide these options."
While the kosher-keeping world has been paying attention to developments by European governments and lawmakers, major food corporations have been facing a campaign of their own.
Halal and kosher meat cannot be marketed as organic because the methods used to produce it are not animal friendly enough, the European Union’s top court ruled.
"Parliament's catering services have taken a position that goes beyond the laws of the country."
"Religious imperatives have no place in an educational establishment."