Kolbotek, the Israel expose show, showed a hidden video this week showing incidents of serious abuse of the animals coming for slaughter. To watch the video, click here.
Since the airing of the video, the Knesset has discussed “the Zoglobek issue.”
The Rabbinic Council will meet on Monday to discuss the removal of Zoglobek’s kashrut certification. The Rav HaRashi, HaRav David Lau, stated: “In addition to the personally difficult issues when watching the video, there are also considerable halachic issues. We are talking about dying or unhealthy animals brought to shechita. According to the Torah, it is forbidden to slaughter animals in that condition. We are commanded by the Torah to shecht animals only in a fashion that prevents abuse.” (source)
In response to the question as to how the shochtim could allow this to happen, has said that whoever sees animal abuse is required by halacha to report it to the authorities.
Misrad HaChaklaut is responsible both for the veterinary supervision of the slaughterhouse and the prevention of animal abuse. They have promised to investigate. However, some are saying it is too little, too late, as in Adom Adom. Dr Moshe Rafaelovich, the head of the Organization of City Veterinarians, is calling for the supervisory authority of Misrad HaChaklaut on animal welfare to be moved to another ministry who will appropriate the task as its mission. (source)
In the social media outlets there is a call to boycott Zoglobek’s products. Zoglobek also runs the risk of losing its export license to the European Union, since the EU law states that any imported product must hold to the same animal welfare standards as the EU (source).
It isn’t such a party any more…