It's very hard to justify it, after reading…
In your own words, why do you feel comfortable eating meat from Agriprocessors again (assuming you do – if not, why not)?
Given everything that has happened at Agriprocessors, I personally doubt the holiness of the intentions of the owners of Agriprocessors, and I doubt their ability to produce the kosher meat that I would feel comfortable eating at my personal Shabbat table. Because of these issues, in addition to the recent deceptive, mean spirited, and divisive PR campaign recently run by Agriprocessors’ PR team where they impersonated a rabbi, bought up Uri L’Tzedek domain names, and used other nasty tactics, I am not comfortable supporting the company.
Regarding the Uri L’Tzedek boycott, the company has begun to address the reforms demanded in our letter, so in our quest to be responsible activists and to be future agents for change, we felt it was the right thing to do to suspend the boycott. We also recognize that Agriprocessors provides a critical service to the industry in supplying kosher meat to far-flung locations where there would normally be no other options.
There's much more of this interview with Uri L'Tzedek's Ari Hart posted on The Jew and the Carrot.
If you read the rest of the interview, you'll see Uri L'Tzedek's solution to Agriprocessors abuses is completely vested in the hands of Jim Martin.
But Martin, Agriprocessors' new "compliance officer," has, so far, accomplished almost nothing. And he has remained in place even as Agriprocessors has continued to abuse its new workforce, and even as Agriprocessors' spokesmen have violated laws and ethics in their attempts to destroy critics of the company.
Martin can walk out at any time.
That he has not done so even while these abuses continue does not speak well for him, and it speaks even less well for Uri L'Tzedek.
The post that broke the story, part 2.
Agriprocessors / Rubashkin mistreatment of workers and related issues.
Rubashkin / Agriprocessors index page.
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