The Belgian Walloon Parliament's environment committee on Friday voted unanimously to ban the slaughter of unstunned animals, which thus outlaws shechita (slaughter) according to Jewish law as well as Islamic halal rituals.

Both require that butchers swiftly slaughter the animal by slitting its throat and draining the blood, but most animal rights campaigners say it is more humane to stun animals electrically before killing them.

According to the text which was amended and voted on Friday, the implementation of the law is to be delayed until September 1, 2019.

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