A requirement that ritual slaughtering of animals without stunning must be done in approved slaughterhouses does not curb religious freedom, an EU court adviser said on Thursday, weighing in on a debate watched closely by Muslims in Belgium.

The opinion by European Court of Justice Advocate General Nils Wahl concerns the use of temporary slaughterhouses established and approved in the Belgian Flemish region each year for the Islamic Feast of the Sacrifice, or Eid al-Adha.

Temporary plants were set up for the three day festival to meet the increased demand for ritual slaughtering.

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