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    Muslims able to opt for ritual slaughter of sheep if desired


    The council of scholars of the EMB (Muslim Executive of Belgium) will allow Muslims to choose ritual slaughter or not for the late September Eid-al-Adha, reveal newspapers from the Mediahuis group on Wednesday. The decision was made public when Ben Weyts (N-VA), the Minister for Animal Welfare, had forbidden the slaughter of sheep without stunning in temporary slaughterhouses.

    Following a meeting on Tuesday evening, the council of scholars decided ritual slaughter of sheep was not mandatory for Eid-al-Adha this year. They hope to resolve the issue by next year however.

    Several Muslim organisations made a summary application against the prohibition of slaughtering sheep without stunning by Ben Weyts.

    Lars Andersen (Source: Belga)