On April 21, 1933, three months after Hitler was appointed chancellor, Nazi Germany banned humane slaughter of kosher animals (shechita) in the country. On January 1, 2019, a similar law forbidding shechita took effect in Flanders, home to half of Belgian’s Jewish population of 40,000. In August 2019, the Walloon region will also enact a ban, leaving only Brussels without this edict.
Both the Nazi and Belgian statutes cloak their antisemitism under the guise of animal welfare. The legislation allows animal slaughter only if preceded by electric stunning. But stunning injures the animal, which renders the meat unkosher according to Jewish law.