The AP has a piece on the Rubashkin Slaughterhouse Scandal. What's new? Maybe this:
"This isn't an attack on Agriprocessors, but an attack on the kosher processing industry," said Mike Thomas, a company spokesman. "Federal law states how kosher slaughter operates, and by definition it is humane."
Thomas said the PETA tape is misleading and was obtained under dubious circumstances by someone with a political agenda. He disputed claims that the trachea are yanked from steers, saying to do so would violate kosher laws.
1. Why is a hook used immediately after shechita to rip open the throat of the animal?
2. Why is a non-Jewish employee, not a rabbi, doing the ripping?
3. Who checks the animal after the ripping to make sure the trachea is not "yanked from the steers"?
Something seems to be not kosher in Postville.