Kosher Today in its new issue sent today (and not yet online) accuses PETA of doctoring evidence:
KosherToday in an exclusive report has learned that the PETA Web site doctored a photo of a box used in the kosher slaughter of animals. The box in the photo was never used at the plant.
PETA's Matt Prescott, responding for PETA VP Bruce Friedrich, tells me that the photo in question (seen to the right here and taken from Yeshiva World) never appeared on PETA's Rubashkin investigation website and that the photo appeared on Yeshiva World. Prescott noted that PETA has a firm policy never to doctor photos, video, or other evidence.
Here's a PDF of the Yeshiva World post:
But it is more complicated than that. I traced the picture to Answers.com. Answers.com lists the source of the picture as Dr. Temple Grandin, the noted expert on slaughter (see several interviews with her linked on the sidebar of this page). The picture is clearly labeled as "Cattle restrained for stunning just prior to slaughter." The image is copyrighted and may only be used if the owner, Temple Grandin, is acknowledged and the image description is properly credited. Yeshiva World did neither.
Here's a PDF of the Answers.com page:
In other words, Yeshiva World took the picture without attribution and now either Menachem Lubinsky is lying (or mistaken) or Yeshiva World is lying (or mistaken). No surprise in either case, I'm afraid.
UPDATE 7-17-07: The Yeshiva World News editor contacted me regarding this post. He was unaware of the source of the picture, claiming it was sent to him via email by a regular tipster. He did not mean for the photo placement to imply that the photo was from PETA or its website. He has now credited the photo on his website and noted correctly that it is a picture of an animal restrained immediately prior to stunning. He tells me he also contacted PETA and apologized.
Here is a new PDF of the page: