Should We Keep Kosher

TitleShould We Keep Kosher
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsFunke, MB, Funke, RD, Greer, S, Potthast, A, Myers, GA
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
AbstractLast year, the two main regions of Belgium passed laws prohibiting the slaughter of unstunned animals, joining several other countries such as Denmark, Switzerland, and New Zealand that already ban the practice. The laws will go into effect in 2019. These laws effectively prohibit slaughtering animals in accordance with Jewish kosher as well as Islamic halal standards, which require an animal to be fully conscious at the time it is quickly killed with a single cut to the throat so that its blood can be completely drained. These practices are an essential aspect of the Muslim and Jewish religions. Once the laws go into effect, Belgian Muslims and Jews who want meat produced in accordance with their religious beliefs will have to have it imported.