Monthly Archives: December 2004

BREAKING! OU Contradicts Itself On ‘Throat-Ripping’ Rationale – Was Humane Slaughter Act Violated?

The OU’s website has a ‘clarification’ of the second cut (i.e., throat-ripping with a hook) done at AgriProcessors that contradicts a written statement made by the head of the OU’s Kashrut Division, Rabbi Menachem Genack:

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BREAKING! Washington Post Weighs In – Confirms Earlier FailedMessiah.com Report

In a report that reads suspiciously like a summation of this blog, the Washington Post writes:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has told federal meat inspectors that they should immediately shut down any slaughterhouse where they observe acts of cruelty similar to those surreptitiously videotaped by an animal rights group at a kosher meat plant in Iowa.…

Federal and state officials, noting the sensitivity of regulating religious rituals, have responded cautiously. The USDA sent four investigators to the Postville plant Dec. 2, two days after PETA made the videotape public. Their inquiry remains open and has neither exonerated the plant nor concluded that it broke federal laws on humane handling of livestock, USDA spokesman Matt Baun said.

Remember, folks. You read it here first.

You can read the Washington Post report here.

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PETA Responds To Agudath Israel

Ben Goldsmith of PETA has written a response to the most recent Shechita-gate article by Agudath Israel’s Rabbi Avi Shafran.

Best quote:

  • PETA has no interest in undermining rabbinic authority, and it is not
    our desire to “impose new rules on Jewish ritual.” The issue here
    should be halacha, not an imagined power struggle.
    Our only objective
    is to assure that rabbinic authorities live up to the precepts of
    Jewish law that forbid causing unnecessary suffering to animals.

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BREAKING! The OU’s Rabbi Genack Admits Second Cut Not Part Of Shechita Process – May Expose OU, KAJ & Other Kosher Certifiers, Rubashkin To Federal, State & Local Prosecution

The OU’s Rabbi Menachem Genack has written a new article on Shechita-gate.

In it he admits that the second cut was:

[N]ot done for kashrut reasons – for after the trachea and esophagus have been severed the shechita is
complete
– but rather for commercial reasons, to avoid blood splash,
which turns the meat a darker color. The carotid arteries are attached
to the trachea and at AgriProcessors the trachea was excised to
facilitate the bleeding.

It appears that by definition the second cut was a dressing procedure. This would mean that every second cut performed at AgriProcessors violated the Humane Slaughter Act and may expose the kosher certifying agencies and AgriProcessors to both Federal, State and Local prosecution.

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BREAKING! The OU’s Rabbi Genack Admits Second Cut Not Part Of Shechita Process – May Expose OU, KAJ & Other Kosher Certifiers, Rubashkin To Federal, State & Local Prosecution

The OU’s Rabbi Menachem Genack has written a new article on Shechita-gate.

In it he admits that the second cut was:

[N]ot done for kashrut reasons – for after the trachea and esophagus have been severed the shechita is
complete
– but rather for commercial reasons, to avoid blood splash,
which turns the meat a darker color. The carotid arteries are attached
to the trachea and at AgriProcessors the trachea was excised to
facilitate the bleeding.

It appears that by definition the second cut was a dressing procedure. This would mean that every second cut performed at AgriProcessors violated the Humane Slaughter Act and may expose the kosher certifying agencies and AgriProcessors to both Federal, State and Local prosecution.

You can read the entire article here or after the jump.

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BREAKING! The OU’s Rabbi Genack Admits Second Cut Not Part Of Shechita Process – May Expose OU, KAJ & Other Kosher Certifiers, Rubashkin To Federal, State & Local Prosecution

The OU’s Rabbi Menachem Genack has written a new article on Shechita-gate.

In it he admits that the second cut was:

[N]ot done for kashrut reasons – for after the trachea and esophagus have been severed the shechita is
complete
– but rather for commercial reasons, to avoid blood splash,
which turns the meat a darker color. The carotid arteries are attached
to the trachea and at AgriProcessors the trachea was excised to
facilitate the bleeding.

It appears that by definition the second cut was a dressing procedure. This would mean that every second cut performed at AgriProcessors violated the Humane Slaughter Act and may expose the kosher certifying agencies and AgriProcessors to both Federal, State and Local prosecution.

You can read the entire article here or after the jump.

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BREAKING! The OU’s Rabbi Genack Admits Second Cut Not Part Of Shechita Process – May Expose OU, KAJ & Other Kosher Certifiers, Rubashkin To Federal, State & Local Prosecution

The OU’s Rabbi Menachem Genack has written a new article on Shechita-gate.

In it he admits that the second cut was:

[N]ot done for kashrut reasons – for after the trachea and esophagus have been severed the shechita is
complete
– but rather for commercial reasons, to avoid blood splash,
which turns the meat a darker color. The carotid arteries are attached
to the trachea and at AgriProcessors the trachea was excised to
facilitate the bleeding.

It appears that by definition the second cut was a dressing procedure. This would mean that every second cut performed at AgriProcessors violated the Humane Slaughter Act and may expose the kosher certifying agencies and AgriProcessors to both Federal, State and Local prosecution.

You can read the entire article here or after the jump.

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