Muslim and Jewish communities in Belgium are to appeal a decision by one of the country's regions to prohibit the slaughter of un-stunned animals.

It would effectively criminalize halal and kosher slaughter in Francophone Wallonia, which makes up just over half of Belgium's territory.

The decision was approved by the Walloon parliament on Wednesday and will come into force in 1 June, 2018.

However, there will be a derogation in cases of ritual slaughter until 1 Sep., 2019 -- a decision believed to have been taken so that it falls after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan that year.

Read the complete original version of this item...