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Originally Posted: September 5, 2008
Demand that Video Cameras be Installed in AgriProcessors Slaughterhouse
A new PETA undercover investigation has caught AgriProcessors—the world's largest kosher slaughterhouse, which is located in Postville, Iowa—cruelly hacking holes in cows' throats. Dr. Temple Grandin, the world's foremost expert on slaughter methods, has stated that these gouging, circular cuts cause the cows pain and suffering.
This isn't the first time AgriProcessors has been caught disregarding Jewish teachings that urge compassion for animals. In 2004, PETA went undercover at the same plant and videotaped workers who were using a meat hook and a knife to rip out cows' tracheas while the animals were still conscious—after the shochetim (kosher slaughterers) had cut their throats. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) told the plant to stop this procedure and determined that AgriProcessors employees "had engaged in acts of inhumane slaughter."
AgriProcessors Deceives Consumers
When Dr. Grandin inspected the facility in 2006, the plant showed her slaughters that did not include a second cut at all, and she gave them her approval. Just two weeks prior to PETA's August 2008 undercover investigation, AgriProcessors gave a private tour to selected rabbis, community leaders, and reporters, and video footage from that tour shows slaughter done without a second cut at all.
Clearly, AgriProcessors wanted consumers to believe that the plant was operating in a manner that would meet the high standards expected, but PETA's investigation revealed that things happen differently behind closed doors.
In light of this new video exposing the gouging second cuts—and AgriProcessors' quite different conduct during the tour—Dr. Grandin has made a new assessment of AgriProcessors, stating, "The undercover video clearly showed that when they think nobody is looking, they do bad things in this plant."
Demand that the USDA require that AgriProcessors install video cameras on the kill floor as part of a live video-monitoring system that would be audited by a third party.
A number of plants already use this important technology, which is recommended by Dr. Grandin, and it ensures that proper procedures and laws are followed at all times.
For more information about the treatment of cows for human food, visit All-Creatures Animal Exploitation Photo Gallery.
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