The men allegedly kicked, beat and used electric shock on weak and sick animals who fell and were unable to right themselves (or ordered or allowed that abuse), regularly used (or ordered or allowed the use of) electric shocks to the genitals and faces of animals, and used (or ordered or allowed the use of) a forklift to shove downed animals.
Four Israeli Glatt Kosher Slaughterhouse Workers Indicted For Gross Animal Cruelty
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
After an unusually long investigation, Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture and the Haifa District Attorney’s office filed serious charges yesterday against four Adom Adom slaughterhouse workers, Ynet reported.
Adom Adom – Israel’s premier glatt kosher slaughterhouse located in Beit She’an – is owned by the Israeli giant food conglomerate Tnuva.
In December of last year, an undercover investigation aired by the Israeli television news show Kolbotek exposed extreme cruelty and violence against cows and sheep at Adom Adom, causing a nationwide furor.
Over the past several months, animal welfare organizations have reportedly protested what they saw as the delay in indictments in the case. They staged several demonstrations nationwide, including at least one which blocked the entrance to Adom Adom’s slaughterhouse.
Two of those organizations, Anonymous and Let Animals Live, also petitioned the High Court of Justice, demanding that Adom Adom be shut down and that shipments of animals to Adom Adom be ended because of what the groups alleged were serious transgressions of the country’s Animal Welfare Act.
Indictments were finally filed yesterday against the slaughterhouse line manager and assistant manager and two other workers.
Tnuva had previously removed the line manager but had replaced him with the assistant manager. Both men have now been criminally charged.
The line manager provided workers in the animal pre-slaughter holding area with electric shockers and allegedly allowed workers to use those electric shockers “without proper purpose and in a manner which caused pain and suffering to cattle, and they shocked the cattle as they walked from one place to another, by placing the shocker on different parts of the body of the calf, including sensitive areas [faces and genitals], even in cases where the cattle [had fallen and] were not physically capable of getting up, causing unnecessary pain and suffering [to the defenseless animals],” the indictment reportedly reads.
The indictment also reportedly says that the line manager sometimes ordered workers to unload sheep from their transports by grasping the front legs of one of the sheep and dragging it out of the transport vehicle so that the other lambs follow.
The deputy manager allegedly put a cigarette out on a calf's hoof, and grabbed another calf by its eye sockets, causing it extreme pain.
The two management-level defendants “tortured animals and were exceptionally cruel to them in an illegal manner…injur[ing them] in a number of cases.”
The two lower level contract workers who were indicted, “with the knowledge of their superiors, under their supervision, and at times facilitated by them, used to shock cattle with electric shockers as they were led from place to place, placing the shocker against different parts of the bodies of the cattle, including sensitive areas such as the scrotum, buttocks, abdomen, chest, neck, head and face," the indictment reportedly says.
Tnuva issued a statement condemning their employee’s actions and touting the changes it had made to Adom Adom since the Kolbotek exposé aired.
“Adom Adom condemns the behavior of animal abuse and condemned these unacceptable actions immediately when they were discovered. To repeat and emphasize, since the exposure of these distressing cases, Adom Adom has taken meaningful measures including dismissing the factory's manager, ending the work of the contract employees mentioned in the article, improving work procedures and others – in order to prevent the recurrence of similar incidents.
"A draft of the indictment was received by Adom Adom and it is being thoroughly reviewed. The two employees mentioned within have been released on leave, and in no case will return to work with animals.
“Adom Adom will continue to raise its standard of operational excellence and ensure the excellent quality of its products to consumers,” Tnuva’s statement reportedly reads.
Anonymous praised the belated indictments but criticized the lack of indictments for senior level Adom Adom management and Tnuva.
We are "disappointed that once again blame is being placed on the 'gate-keepers.’ It is outrageous that the prosecutor’s office treats the meat corporations with kid gloves. The criminal responsibility for animal abuse rests primarily on Tnuva and on the slaughterhouse management, and they should be prosecuted at senior levels.… It was not the contract employees who purchased the stun guns and they were not the ones who instituted practices at the plant. Workers were documented beating cattle which failed to stand, electrifying them all over their bodies as they cried out in pain, and dragging them on the ground with a forklift. These are not exceptional cases, but [were] routine. All that's left is for consumers to point their forks, and refuse to sponsor abuse,” Anonymous said in a statement.
Let Animals Live attacked what it claims is the Ministry of Agriculture’s lax supervision of slaughterhouses nationwide.
"Employees of the Agriculture Ministry supervised the factory even before the expose on Kolbotek, and this did not prevent abuse. Even today the Agricultural Ministry refuses to impose effective supervision on slaughter [operations]. Even though we have appealed to them, the ministry refused to require poultry slaughterhouses to install cameras on the property, or to regularly watch via installed cameras in sheep and lamb slaughterhouses,” Let Animals Live reportedly said.