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Peta accuses largest kosher slaughterhouse of cruelty
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PETA accuses largest US kosher slaughterhouse of cruelty to animals
Agriprocessors is the only US plant allowed to export to Israel.
Ran Dagoni, Washington 1 Dec 04 13:46
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) US has uncovered extreme cruelty to cattle and lambs at AgriProcessors Inc. in Iowa, the largest kosher slaughterhouse in the US. PETA US claims that many animals are "fully conscious" for a long period after their throats are slit in accordance to kashrut dietary laws, and were "writhing in agony."
"The New York Times" today gave national exposure to the PETA US report, which is expected to arouse serious questions in the US about method of slaughter. "The New York Times" states that Agriprocessors is the only US plant allowed to export to Israel.
PETA yesterday filed a formal complaint with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), calling on the agency to prosecute the plant for violations of the federal Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act (HMLSA).
The Orthodox Union (OU), the leading US organization that certifies kosher products, said that the slaughterhouse not had violated kosher law.
Published by Globes [online] - www.globes.co.il - on December 1, 2004
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