Rubashkin's attorney Nathan Lewin has written another article on Shechita-gate. (Please see the post below this one.)
In it Mr. Lewin writes:
Some Orthodox rabbis urged that in order to avoid a public misperception of cruelty, one step in the process — a second cut and removal of the trachea — not be done.
So it appears that throat-ripping was the norm at AgriProcessors for some time. Agriprocessor's spokesman Mike Thomas has denied this. Rabbis Kohn, Genack and Belsky have also denied it.
Yet Mr. Lewin has now (unwittingly?) confirmed this barbaric practice was the norm.
Perhaps this is because PETA claims to have more than 5 hours of video tape proving throat-ripping always took place at Rubashkin's plant.
But more likely it is because PETA gave all 5 hours of this tape to the USDA.