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Investigator Discusses PETA Sting on Kosher Slaughterhouse

Written by PETA | February 15, 2008

PETA’s Investigator Inside the Slaughterhouse
Investigator at Uruguay Slaughterhouse 3.jpg

Last week, PETA revealed shocking footage taken inside a South American slaughterhouse which exports kosher meat to the U.S. The abuse our investigator found was especially horrific due to the use of a method called “shackling and hoisting,” which is extremely painful and frightening for the animals. I spoke with the investigator yesterday to discuss his experiences working on this case:

What was the most difficult thing about this investigation for you?

Being Jewish, I grew up believing that kosher food was better supervised and therefore cleaner, healthier and produced more humanely. Like the famous kosher slogan, I thought the kosher food industry always “answered to a higher authority.” It was disillusioning to see, yet again, such callous violations of the most fundamental Jewish principles, such as tsa’ar ba’alei chayim (kindness to animals) and to witness this horror face-to-face with the tortured animals.

Why did you agree to do this investigation?

As someone who keeps kosher, I feel ashamed and embarrassed that the kosher food industry has been complicit in some of the worst farmed animal abuses. PETA has been instrumental in bringing about humane improvements to kosher slaughter within the United States and much of that has been due to our undercover investigations. We have also tried for years behind the scenes to get the important companies to end this hideous “shackle and hoist” kosher slaughter method in South America but unfortunately these companies were more concerned with hiding what goes in their slaughterhouses. Undercover footage is the best way to expose the truth and ultimately hold people accountable to make conditions less cruel for the animals. I desperately want kosher food to live up to the highest standards and I know other kosher consumers demand the same.

You can watch the results of the investigation below, and if you’d like to take action, please click here to write to Jewish leaders asking them to enforce tougher standards on kosher slaughterhouses like this one to ensure that these horrors never happen again.

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  • juan c ortega says:

    Barbaric I hate kosher slaughter without prior insensibilization, good job PETA keep the hard work! Black Charrito

  • Mei Mei says:

    Animals can’t talk but they do sense fear feel pain A vegetarian diet lets everybody win..after all the original diet in Genesis was vegetarian and it’s only natural! Whatever religious spiritual path we follow a vegetarian diet is a perfect fit

  • Courtney says:

    Being an animal lover Jewish and aalmost!!!! I’m getting there! vegetarian it embarasses me that anyone would do this to get kosher meat. Although I am absolutely positive that any Jewish community had anything to do with this disgusting mistreatment of these poor animals.

  • Bri'gette says:

    How dare you talk about our Adoni… Our Yeshua christ if you don’t read the bible how do you know what its says??? There are many many vegan christians out there!!! Even veganrawvegan believer’s in the living God.. The bible tells people how a animal must be killed for food God gave man the right to eat kosher meat! After the flood he also said that that our life would be shorten if we did eat meat. Leviticus 11 111 And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron saying unto them 112 Speak unto the children of Israel saying These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth. 113 Whatsoever parteth the hoof and is clovenfooted and cheweth the cud among the beasts that shall ye eat. 114 Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud or of them that divide the hoof as the camel because he cheweth the cud but divideth not the hoof he is unclean unto you. 115 And the coney because he cheweth the cud but divideth not the hoof he is unclean unto you. 116 And the hare because he cheweth the cud but divideth not the hoof he is unclean unto you. 117 And the swine though he divide the hoof and be clovenfooted yet he cheweth not the cud he is unclean to you. 118 Of their flesh shall ye not eat and their carcase shall ye not touch they are unclean to you. 119 These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters in the seas and in the rivers them shall ye eat. 1110 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas and in the rivers of all that move in the waters and of any living thing which is in the waters they shall be an abomination unto you 1111 They shall be even an abomination unto you ye shall not eat of their flesh but ye shall have their carcases in abomination. 1112 Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters that shall be an abomination unto you. 1113 And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls they shall not be eaten they are an abomination the eagle and the ossifrage and the ospray 1114 And the vulture and the kite after his kind 1115 Every raven after his kind 1116 And the owl and the night hawk and the cuckow and the hawk after his kind 1117 And the little owl and the cormorant and the great owl 1118 And the swan and the pelican and the gier eagle 1119 And the stork the heron after her kind and the lapwing and the bat. 1120 All fowls that creep going upon all four shall be an abomination unto you. 1121 Yet these may ye eat of every flying creeping thing that goeth upon all four which have legs above their feet to leap withal upon the earth 1122 Even these of them ye may eat the locust after his kind and the bald locust after his kind and the beetle after his kind and the grasshopper after his kind. 1123 But all other flying creeping things which have four feet shall be an abomination unto you. The old law has not been abolished !! Adam and eve were raw vegans in the garden of eden but after they sinned everything went BAD Adoni will judge us! All those people in that video you may not see it but I am sure rath have come on them Ask any Messianic person or a messinaic rabbi.. are kosher laws for today YES its in the bible Don’t forget the bible was writen in greek and the hebrew and aramaic The KJV many words are abstract over 500 meat does not always mean food..

  • steward says:

    Proverbs 1210 “A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.”

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Everyone should remember that there is no reason why the practice of slaughtering animals must go on. Humans can live as vegans. Knowing this but continuing to mistreat animals and justify it as a “necessary” evil is unacceptable. We need to start recognizing that there is NO NEED for this sort of thing regardless of what anybody’s selfish interests might desire.

  • Victoria says:

    What stupid Bitches would allow this. it is soooooooo sad

  • rojo says:

    Brandon what gives any animal the right to use another? What you seem to be saying is that there should be rights for animals that only humans need abide by. A particularly speciest sentiment. Even slaves that so often get a mention in such contexts had punishments for harming one another. Animals do feel I have no doubt. What they perceive as freedom would be debatable. I’m not sure they know they want to keep on living only that they instinctivly want to avoid dangerpain. An instinct we all share and one that generally prolongs survival. I think welfare orientated husbandry should fulfil the animals needs and desires. The option should be available to see the sun and play in the dirt. Justice in your view a view that has merit but once again applies only to humans more particularly to humans that don’t rely on animals as their main food supply. I believe Peta make exceptions for the Inuit peoples and presumably nomadic desert dwellers.

  • Stacy Ahmad says:

    My husband is Muslim and he eats Halal meat. When animals are slaughtered in the halal way they are not stunned with anything! They are just held down by two people the prayers are spoken and the animals throat is cut. My husband tells me that the animal is to feel no pain you are not to frighten the animals what so ever. But when I ask him about the pain of getting your throat cut…he has no answer. I myself eat no meat. I gave up meat last summer. Just the thought of it makes me sick! For all you out there that think there is some way to humanely kill animals for food there is no such thing as a humane killing.. period!! People do not have to eat meat in order to survive..I think everyone should have to eat veg at least 4 to 5 times a week. Give up your steaks and hamburger that has been scraped off the floor and ground into your patty. Makes me so hungry just thinking about something bellering in pain as it’s getting skinned alive or its being disemboweled alive! Doesn’t that make you want to start up the grill for your steaks??!! Enjoy your meat you murderers!

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  • Erin says:

    I must agree with Rojo in regards to humane slaughter. We all know that the end result is the same however If this practice must go on why on earth must it be so barbaric let’s face it money makes the world go round it’s cost effective. This horrific slaughter of animals will unfortunately continue until the end of time.

  • Anna says:

    I don’t like people being mean and rude to animals. It doesn’t matter that they don’t understand what we say and that we’re the ones who take care of them. What matters is Treat them the way you’d want to be treated or like so. At least don’t do things to them people didn’t raise you on. Think outside the box. Sincerely Anna

  • Brandon Becker says:

    rojo Why do you think humans have the right to use other animals for our unnecessary purposes regardless of treatment? Animals are not objects but subjects. They are sentient they want freedom they want to continue living. When you treat them as a resource for human pleasure you substitute our wants for their needs. Fundamentally this is an issue of justice. No more animals deserve to be victimized through this system of oppression. Justice demands abolition!

  • rojo says:

    Judith our end point differs but we do share most of the journey. cheers

  • rojo says:

    Brandon yes I acknowledge animals feel painstep on a dogs paw it yelps see it cower in a thunderstorm and I assume a sense of fear. Is that fear of storms moreless intense than waiting in line at an abattoir? I don’t know but it’s not recurring for the latter. Fear is one of ourand animals most primal emotions anticipation makes it worse. A child getting hisher first needle does so without fear not knowing what to expect. Not the same reaction next time they see the needle. To this extent i don’t believe an animal approaching a humane slaughter has any sense of fear beyond what they would feel from being startled in nature and I would venture to say less fear than being chased by a pack of wolves. I say humane slaughter because I’m quite sure the kosher beast felt much fear and pain between the knife cut and it’s eventual unconsciousness. Not to mention callous handling. The point of humane slaughter is the minimisation of pain not to actively cause pain like this kosher tradgedy. The animal should simply be wondering what this captive bolt thing does and next moment nothing. I don’t think humans invented breeding or predation so I guess the issue really is confinement. As you may be aware I’m not a fan of factory farming. I don’t regard cattle and sheep etc grazing in open fields to be confinement so I endorse freerange production and humane slaughter to the 95 or more of the poulation who do consume animal body parts andor secretions. Of which I am one.

  • Maya, C.V.T. says:

    Hi Brandon I know you’re a good man and goodness knows that many animals will be spared of suffering because of you! No disrespect intended but I do think you’re being a bit hard on Rojo. He often plays devil’s advocate and while he may not be a vegetarian he is obviously engaged in the conversation and is intelligent enough to process these ideas in good time. I say let he without sin cast the first stone. While you may be a vegan there is no doubt that you impact wild animals that live on Earth just like the rest of us. I’m not saying you’re bragging just that even vegans kill animals just by virutue of living a modern life. One of our classes was visited by Fish and Wildlife’s senior endangered species biologist. We were discussing polar bears she said that if we followed the Endangered Species act and truly wanted to save polar bears from drowning and starving to death they would need to arrest people every time we drove a car. It’s that serious. I’m not saying we can all go out right now and start scarfing down dead cows but that we should have some humility in regards to how each of us does impact animals even if we live very virtuously. I say that with the utmost humility since I of all people often need an attitude check LOL!