The former president of the CD, Joëlle Milquet, affirmed on Wednesday the necessity of a consensus with the Jewish and Muslim communities in the debate on the prohibition of the slaughter of animals without stunning, on the eve of a meeting in the Walloon parliament. “There must be a reform that is also based on consultation and consensus with the Jewish and Muslim communities”, tweeted the founder of the humanist party.
The Conference of Presidents of the Walloon Parliament must decide on Thursday whether it will allow the Environment Committee to put forward a proposal for a decree introducing a ban on slaughter without stunning next week, with certain adjustments for ritual slaughter.
The debate with the Minister of Animal Welfare Carlo Di Antonio (cdH) in recent years has accelerated in recent weeks through proposals by Josy Arens (cdH) and Christine Defraigne (MR), in parallel with a political agreement in principle in Flanders, but it stumbled last week on the opposition of the representative bodies of the Islamic and Jewish groups.
The Council of State itself had already expressed itself on several occasions for a concerted solution with the religious communities in order to reconcile animal welfare and freedom of worship.