RABBANUTE: THROAT-RIPPING WITH HOOK ON LIVE ANIMALS IS OKAY – AS LONG AS GENTILE DOES RIPPING – US LAW HUMANE SLAUGHTER LAWS DO NOT MATTER

Matthew Wagner of the Jerusalem Post reports in today’s JPost.com ePaper:

The head of the Chief Rabbinate’s international ritual slaughter
division said he would permit the import of meat from AgriProcessors
Inc. of Postville, Iowa, despite a US Agriculture Department report that
found the slaughterhouse in violation of animal cruelty laws.

    Rabbi Ezra Raful said, "In the case of AgriProcessors, there is no
halachic problem."

    "For some people, what happens in a slaughterhouse looks pretty
gruesome. But that does not make it non-kosher," he said.

    Raful said AgriProcessors, the only US slaughterhouse authorized to
export to Israel, halted exports to Israel several years ago for
commercial reasons. He said renewing export to Israel might not even
require a routine investigation to verify that slaughter methods met
Israeli standards.

  "Rabbi Shimon Zeidof is head of the slaughter team at AgriProcessors
Inc., said Raful. "He is known and respected by us. We have worked with
him in the past."

    Conditions at AgriProcessors triggered a controversy in late 2004,
when People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) placed on its
Internet site video footage taken clandestinely inside the plant.

    The gruesome footage showed workers using metal hooks to pull out
the slaughtered, but still conscious, animals’ tracheas and esophagus,
in an attempt to sever their carotid arteries.

    Normally the severing of these arteries, which cuts off blood to the
brain and causes the animal to lose consciousness almost immediately,
takes place during the shehita [ritual slaughtering]. Cutting the
arteries also facilitates the removal of blood, prohibited for
consumption according to Jewish law, and prevents discoloring of the
meat.

    The US Humane Slaughter Act of 1978 requires stunning in all
American slaughterhouses, but makes an exception for religious
slaughter, as long as the animal’s neck is cut swiftly and no "carcass
dressing" is performed before the animal is insensible, according to The
New York Times, which reported on the Agriculture Department’s findings
Friday. The use of hooks violated this US law.

    After a six-month investigation, the Agriculture Department
suspended one of its own inspectors for 14 days and issued warning
letters to two others, a department spokesman told the Times. The
investigation ended last April, but the report was only released to PETA
after months of requests under the US Freedom of Information Act.

    The department’s Inspector-General’s Office forwarded its report to
federal prosecutors, but "based on the information presented to us, we
decided there was not a prosecutable case," said Robert Teig, a deputy
US attorney for the Northern District of Iowa.

    Raful said Jewish law permitted a non-Jew to use a hook to sever an
animal’s carotid arteries, as long as most of the trachea and esophagus
were severed by the shochet [ritual slaughterer].

    He said that if a Jew used the hook, the slaughter was not kosher
because of the halachic principle of marit ayin – the mistaken
impression that the ripping of the arteries with a hook was part of the
Jewish slaughtering process.

    This issue would not arise if a non-Jew ripped out the artery, since
a non-Jew is disqualified from performing shehita (ritual slaughter).
Raful said he had been informed by sources in AgriProcessors that only
non-Jews performed the ripping.

    Raful said it was unfair to apply subjective criteria of cruelty to
shehita.

    "For me it is terribly cruel to boil a lobster live or to fry a live
shrimp or freeze a fish live. It depends on what you are used to. It’s
all very subjective.

    "But the Torah is not subjective and the same Torah that prohibits
cruelty to animals allows shehita," he said.…

Every claim of the humaneness of shechita (Jewish ritual slaughter) made by Orthodox rabbis in the last 100 years has been based on the schochet (ritual slaughterer) swiftly and painlessly severing the carotids and jugular vein. And every one of those claims are false. The halakha (Jewish law) that allows shechita to be kosher if only the greater parts of the trachea and esophogus are severed is based on a faulty understanding of large animal biology dating to medieval times. Yet Orthodox rabbis – who have lied about shechita for more than 100 years, including during sworn testimony before government bodies and courts – are more than willing to allow this animal torture, even though the science of the issue – and the law – are both clear.

Rubashkin’s rabbis allowed and endorsed the intentional violation of Humane Slaughter law. How can they be trusted with kashrut?

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  1. Yos

    I get teased for not eating meat, but how could anyone with fear of G-d trust the meat industry after this.

  2. Steven

    Reading this only makes my blood boil. If this is not “Hillul HaShem”, then I do not know what is. A “rabbi” from of all places – Israel – allowing a goy to rip the throat out of a poor animal and still to say that it is kosher? (Only as long as a Jew doesn’t do it?) What hypocrisy and filth.

    Is it any wonder in this world that we Jews are the most despised, loathed, and hated of all of the world’s creatures? With filthy rabid “rabbis” like Raful, who needs “Iranian holocaust cartoons” or being called “pigs and monkeys” by Muslims? I am thoroughly disgusted, horrified, and furious at these dirty filthy “Jews” who make up Halakhah as they see fit (as long as they are being bribed). Well did Yeshayahu ha-Navi speak of the evil not only of his times but of our times. (Isaiah, Pereq Alef.)

    I can only hope that “Jews” that sanction this kind of horror will have their own throats ripped out. What a distortion, corruption, and perversion of Judaism. May God Almighty have mercy on the righteous of Am Yisra’el.

  3. Neo-Conservaguy

    Exactly correct: you can’t trust them. There is too much money and power in too few hands in the kosher world. The quasi-monopoly Rubashkin’s holds on beef slaughter in the U.S. is only bad for consumers; less choice is usually a bad thing, and in this case, it clearly is. Same for the OU; they are too big and making too much money from kosher supervision – I inherently don’t trust them because they have too much power.

    There are some choices available to the kosher meat consumer, but they can be difficult to obtain. So far, I’ve found two meat sources that use the Grandin pen and other modern methods to try to ensure the more humane possible shechita. One is for bison, and the other for beef.

    http://www.blackwing.com/kosher_meats.php

    http://www.premiumkosherbeef.com

  4. PishPosh

    So we cant drink wine that a gentile has touched but its okay if he handles a part of your Shecita????

    AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Jath

    it’s a pity that rabbi rafful does not address the larger problem .
    that the mitzvot were not given to the ovdei elilim and to the arelei lev !
    apart from that , is he approving meat that he himself would not eat as not being compliant with shechitat beit yosef ?

  6. Yochanan Lavie

    I agree with Steven. I am beginning to turn towards karaism, because I am so disgusted with the rabbinate. This can’t be what God had in mind.

  7. Neo-Conservaguy

    “is he approving meat that he himself would not eat as not being compliant with shechitat beit yosef ?”

    My understanding is that there is meat packaged by Rubashkin’s that is certified Beit Yosef. So, they don’t follow the Rama’s ruling on allowing a small number of removable growths on the lungs. That wouldn’t seem to be a relevant point to this issue…

  8. Shmarya – could you say more about the you argument that the claims that kosher slaughter of large animals is humane if done correctly are wrong? I don’t know what the science is that you’re talking about.

  9. What is “if done correctly”? Watch the PETA video linked on the left side of this page. Is that humane? No. Is it Glatt Kosher Mehadrin? Yes. Why? Because halakha (at least as it is understood by today’s Orthodoxy) does not care about humane.

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RABBANUTE: THROAT-RIPPING WITH HOOK ON LIVE ANIMALS IS OKAY – AS LONG AS GENTILE DOES RIPPING – US LAW HUMANE SLAUGHTER LAWS DO NOT MATTER

Matthew Wagner of the Jerusalem Post reports in today’s JPost.com ePaper:

The head of the Chief Rabbinate’s international ritual slaughter
division said he would permit the import of meat from AgriProcessors
Inc. of Postville, Iowa, despite a US Agriculture Department report that
found the slaughterhouse in violation of animal cruelty laws.

    Rabbi Ezra Raful said, "In the case of AgriProcessors, there is no
halachic problem."

    "For some people, what happens in a slaughterhouse looks pretty
gruesome. But that does not make it non-kosher," he said.

    Raful said AgriProcessors, the only US slaughterhouse authorized to
export to Israel, halted exports to Israel several years ago for
commercial reasons. He said renewing export to Israel might not even
require a routine investigation to verify that slaughter methods met
Israeli standards.

  "Rabbi Shimon Zeidof is head of the slaughter team at AgriProcessors
Inc., said Raful. "He is known and respected by us. We have worked with
him in the past."

    Conditions at AgriProcessors triggered a controversy in late 2004,
when People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) placed on its
Internet site video footage taken clandestinely inside the plant.

    The gruesome footage showed workers using metal hooks to pull out
the slaughtered, but still conscious, animals’ tracheas and esophagus,
in an attempt to sever their carotid arteries.

    Normally the severing of these arteries, which cuts off blood to the
brain and causes the animal to lose consciousness almost immediately,
takes place during the shehita [ritual slaughtering]. Cutting the
arteries also facilitates the removal of blood, prohibited for
consumption according to Jewish law, and prevents discoloring of the
meat.

    The US Humane Slaughter Act of 1978 requires stunning in all
American slaughterhouses, but makes an exception for religious
slaughter, as long as the animal’s neck is cut swiftly and no "carcass
dressing" is performed before the animal is insensible, according to The
New York Times, which reported on the Agriculture Department’s findings
Friday. The use of hooks violated this US law.

    After a six-month investigation, the Agriculture Department
suspended one of its own inspectors for 14 days and issued warning
letters to two others, a department spokesman told the Times. The
investigation ended last April, but the report was only released to PETA
after months of requests under the US Freedom of Information Act.

    The department’s Inspector-General’s Office forwarded its report to
federal prosecutors, but "based on the information presented to us, we
decided there was not a prosecutable case," said Robert Teig, a deputy
US attorney for the Northern District of Iowa.

    Raful said Jewish law permitted a non-Jew to use a hook to sever an
animal’s carotid arteries, as long as most of the trachea and esophagus
were severed by the shochet [ritual slaughterer].

    He said that if a Jew used the hook, the slaughter was not kosher
because of the halachic principle of marit ayin – the mistaken
impression that the ripping of the arteries with a hook was part of the
Jewish slaughtering process.

    This issue would not arise if a non-Jew ripped out the artery, since
a non-Jew is disqualified from performing shehita (ritual slaughter).
Raful said he had been informed by sources in AgriProcessors that only
non-Jews performed the ripping.

    Raful said it was unfair to apply subjective criteria of cruelty to
shehita.

    "For me it is terribly cruel to boil a lobster live or to fry a live
shrimp or freeze a fish live. It depends on what you are used to. It’s
all very subjective.

    "But the Torah is not subjective and the same Torah that prohibits
cruelty to animals allows shehita," he said.…

Every claim of the humaneness of shechita (Jewish ritual slaughter) made by Orthodox rabbis in the last 100 years has been based on the schochet (ritual slaughterer) swiftly and painlessly severing the carotids and jugular vein. And every one of those claims are false. The halakha (Jewish law) that allows shechita to be kosher if only the greater parts of the trachea and esophogus are severed is based on a faulty understanding of large animal biology dating to medieval times. Yet Orthodox rabbis – who have lied about shechita for more than 100 years, including during sworn testimony before government bodies and courts – are more than willing to allow this animal torture, even though the science of the issue – and the law – are both clear.

Rubashkin’s rabbis allowed and endorsed the intentional violation of Humane Slaughter law. How can they be trusted with kashrut?

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  1. Yos

    I get teased for not eating meat, but how could anyone with fear of G-d trust the meat industry after this.

  2. Saul

    “…how could anyone with fear of G-d trust the meat industry after this.”

    I don’t think it can be put much better than that. After seeing
    the video
    on PETA’s website I didn’t think I could feel any worse about kashrut… I was wrong.

  3. Steven

    Reading this only makes my blood boil. If this is not “Hillul HaShem”, then I do not know what is. A “rabbi” from of all places – Israel – allowing a goy to rip the throat out of a poor animal and still to say that it is kosher? (Only as long as a Jew doesn’t do it?) What hypocrisy and filth.

    Is it any wonder in this world that we Jews are the most despised, loathed, and hated of all of the world’s creatures? With filthy rabid “rabbis” like Raful, who needs “Iranian holocaust cartoons” or being called “pigs and monkeys” by Muslims? I am thoroughly disgusted, horrified, and furious at these dirty filthy “Jews” who make up Halakhah as they see fit (as long as they are being bribed). Well did Yeshayahu ha-Navi speak of the evil not only of his times but of our times. (Isaiah, Pereq Alef.)

    I can only hope that “Jews” that sanction this kind of horror will have their own throats ripped out. What a distortion, corruption, and perversion of Judaism. May God Almighty have mercy on the righteous of Am Yisra’el.

  4. Steven

    I don’t want to pontificate, but this issue has been bothering me for months, and my earlier post was the first time that I have ever posted here. However, I found out about this site only several months ago and have “checked it out” almost daily. God bless the person who has made this site. (P.S. I have no superstition about typing “God”. I had no realization that English is on the same level as Lashon Ha-Qodesh! 😉 But that’s another story!)

    ONE QUESTION FOR ROB-BI RUBASHKIN: WILL HE AND OTHER HYPOCRITE RABBID “RABBIS” EAT FROM HIS OWN SLAUGHTER LINE?

    HOW LONG BEFORE A “HAZIR” IS PUT ON THE SLAUGHTER LINE AND PROCLAIMED “KASHER” BY THESE “JEWS” OF “RITUAL PERSUASION” AS LONG AS THEIR POCKETS ARE FILLED WITH KESEF?

    Any Jew who sanctions this kind of “shehitah” should only choke on this meat at their “Shulkhan Shabbat.” Makes me think that Purdue is more kosher than “Rat-baskhins.”

    “STUDY THE TORAH DILLIGENTLY, AND DO NOT RELY UPON MY OPINION” – Anan ben David, Iran, late 7th Century.

  5. PishPosh

    So we cant drink wine that a gentile has touched but its okay if he handles a part of your Shecita????

    AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Jath

    it’s a pity that rabbi rafful does not address the larger problem .
    that the mitzvot were not given to the ovdei elilim and to the arelei lev !
    apart from that , is he approving meat that he himself would not eat as not being compliant with shechitat beit yosef ?

  7. Nigritude Ultramarine

    Thanks to this post — I now understand what you mean by “throat-ripping.”

  8. Yochanan Lavie

    I agree with Steven. I am beginning to turn towards karaism, because I am so disgusted with the rabbinate. This can’t be what God had in mind.

  9. Neo-Conservaguy

    “is he approving meat that he himself would not eat as not being compliant with shechitat beit yosef ?”

    My understanding is that there is meat packaged by Rubashkin’s that is certified Beit Yosef. So, they don’t follow the Rama’s ruling on allowing a small number of removable growths on the lungs. That wouldn’t seem to be a relevant point to this issue…

  10. Shmarya – could you say more about the you argument that the claims that kosher slaughter of large animals is humane if done correctly are wrong? I don’t know what the science is that you’re talking about.

  11. What is “if done correctly”? Watch the PETA video linked on the left side of this page. Is that humane? No. Is it Glatt Kosher Mehadrin? Yes. Why? Because halakha (at least as it is understood by today’s Orthodoxy) does not care about humane.

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