European regulations prohibit slaughter without pre-stunning, but make an exception for religious reasons. However, member states may pass their own laws to reduce animal suffering.
Especially given Europe’s difficult past, it must do more to safeguard the human rights of the Jewish community and all citizens.
Legislation prohibiting kosher slaughter in most of Belgium was recently upheld by the European Court of Justice.
It is not as if kosher meat is banned in Flanders of Wallonia, just that the ritual slaughter of the cows there is forbidden. This means if you want to eat kosher meat, it will have to be imported, something that will significantly increase the price.
According to kashrut and halal requirements, which are aimed at preventing animal suffering, the animal’s throat must be slit quickly with a sharp knife while it is still conscious.
Hungary’s right-wing government, whose critics say has encouraged antisemitism, clashes often with EU institutions on multiple issues
The laws requiring animals to be stunned before they are slaughtered strike "a fair balance between animal welfare" and religious freedom.
Rabbi Asa Keisar hopes his new project will reduce animal suffering while promoting better Torah adherence.
Puda did not explain the reason for the decision, but he seemed to suggest that the original legislation was not restrictive enough on ritual slaughter, a $1.8 billion industry in Poland
Animal welfare activists oppose the slaughter of animals for kosher and halal meat because it precludes stunning before the animals’ throats are cut.