His designer suits and expensive car project an image of success, but Salah Messikh has been on the brink of bankruptcy for more than a year.

Messikh, the founder of one of Poland's oldest halal slaughterhouses, saw his revenues halved because of a 2012 court ruling that rescinded a government regulation exempting Jews and Muslims from a requirement that animals be stunned prior to slaughter.

The ruling shut down Poland's $500 million kosher and halal meat industry last year.

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