PETA has a new investigation on the mistreatment of chickens at Mepkin Abbey, a Christian monastery (Trappist) in South Carolina that sells eggs to make money. (Information and video here. Watch all of it. The last 30 seconds or so is the most shocking, even though it is not graphic.) What you see is standard for the egg industry, nothing more cruel than average. It's probably similar (or better than) what you would find at Rubashkin's chicken growing operations.
I post this for one reason. Nathan Lewin, Rubashkin's attorney and Agudah confidant, has continually compared PETA to the NAZIs, claiming PETA "targeted" kosher slaughter. Of course, PETA "targeted" Kentucky Fried Chicken and many other companies, but truth has never been Lewin's strong point. PETA's lead investigator on this project is a devout Roman Catholic, as is Bruce Friedrich, who heads this unit of PETA, as are many other PETA employees and activists. PETA, in fact, is chock full of Catholics and Jews – some devout, some lapsed, some in between.
The idea that PETA was "targeting" kosher slaughter was and remains preposterous. About the only "argument" left for Lewin to make is that PETA is really a secret branch of an international atheist's cabal. Look for that one the next time Rubashkin gets caught playing fast and loose with animal welfare law, humane slaughter regulations and halakha.