Moneycontrol News January 05, 2021 / 10:36 AM IST The ruling clears a path for additional bans on kosher and halal meat production across Europe. Brussels [Belgium], December 18 (ANI): The European Union's highest court has ruled that the member countries can ban the practice of ritual slaughter to promote animal welfare, without defying the rights of religious groups. Many animal rights organisations, however, continue to argue that ritual slaughter is inhumane. Top EU jurist says countries should not be allowed to ban ritual slaughter ... Justice of the European Union advised the court to prohibit governments from banning kosher and halal ritual slaughter. A Belgian ban on kosher and halal slaughter of animals without being stunned has been backed by the European Court of Justice, which rejected objections by religious groups. Other countries to implement the ban include Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovenia, and Liechtenstein. Tesco, for example, says "the only difference between the halal meat it sells and other meat is that it was blessed as it was killed." Some European countries, however, have forbidden such exceptions and thus banned kosher and halal slaughtering practices.  Currently, many European countries require the stunning of animals prior to slaughter, but have exceptions for kosher and halal slaughter on the basis of religious freedom. All European countries that do not allow kosher or halal slaughter of animals are included; some but not all countries that permit such slaughter subject to regulation are also included. This means that a ban on killing animals without prior stunning is effectively a ban on both kosher and halal methods of slaughter. These countries include Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark and Slovenia. Concerns about animal suffering from slaughter without prior stunning has resulted in the ban of slaughter of unstunned animals in Denmark, Luxembourg, Belgium, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. Representative Image. The European Union's top court has upheld curbs on ritual animal slaughter in Belgium, in a move that targets Muslim religious rites. Islamic halal and Jewish shechita slaughter requires animals to be healthy and awake before having their throats slit. At present, European regulations ban slaughtering animals without pre-stunning, though exceptions to this have been permitted for religious slaughter. EU countries can ban ritual slaughter to promote animal welfare: Court rules Brussels [Belgium], December 18 (ANI): The European Union’s highest court has ruled that the member countries can ban the practice of ritual slaughter to promote animal welfare, without defying the … EU top court rules countries can ban halal slaughter. Words like “halal”/“halal method” have been deleted in the manual and replaced with “slaughter as per requirement of importing countries”. Dec 18, 2020 14:30 UTC.