EU states can mandate stunning animals for slaughter: ECJ

Europe’s top court has backed a ban in Belgium on the slaughter of animals that had not been stunned. Jewish and Muslim groups have warned this may curtail religious freedom. Animal rights activists had pushed for the ban, which could prevent both kosher and halal ritual slaughter. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that EU member states could legally ban stun-free slaughter, despite initial opposition from religious groups.


In 2017, the Flemish region of Belgium prohibited the slaughter of animals without reversible stunning beforehand. Jewish and Muslim groups in the country challenged the legislation, citing freedom of religion. The effect of this law is, in essence, to prohibit the slaughtering of animals by means of traditional Jewish and Muslim rites and to require that such animals be stunned prior to slaughter in order to reduce their suffering. But the ECJ found that the regulation was only limited to “one aspect of the specific ritual act of slaughter,” and that the slaughter itself was not prohibited.

IT – services Halal

One of the IT companies based in the CIS countries, has got a Halal certificate for information technology and loyalty program.  Before, certification of digital technologies and business of multimillion companies was not practiced. For the most part, various products were certified, including the labeling of goods and services.
Halal is what is allowed and permitted by the religion of Islam, as well as the way of life and worldview of Muslims. With more and more people practicing Islam, Halal certification centers have gone further and now certify not only food and catering establishments, but also services such as information technology. As there are areas in the company that are prohibited by Islamic law, and Muslims working in this area make up about 30% of the total population of the CIS countries, entrepreneurs are increasingly turning to Halal certification centers to document the purity of the business to employees.