Rubashkin’s New Website Touts Rubashkin, Rubashkin Employees As “Independent Experts”

Agri Website

Agriprocessors has put up a new website to counter charges of worker abuse. The site touts Nathan Lewin (Rubashkin’s attorney), Rabbi Asher Zeilingold (a kosher supervisor at Agriprocessors and a close Rubashkin friend), the Jewish Press editorial board, Carlos Carbonera, a close friend and regular driver for Rabbi Zeilingold, and Rabbi Shalom Mordechai Rubashkin himself, as “Independent Experts.”

The website also contains this fanciful piece of text:

The values expressed in the kosher rituals and requirements are a part of the values shared by our employees, regardless of their religious beliefs. They include a commitment to:

• Cleanliness and health

• The safety and welfare of our employees, colleagues and neighbors

• Stewardship of the environment

• The humane treatment of our animals

Right. For this, you need an “investigation”? Here you have it in black and white – lies and misrepresentation right from the mouth of Rubashkin himself. If the OU, RCA and RAA cannot act against a company that portrays its own employees as “independent experts,” and which has been the subject of multiple enforcement actions from the EPA, the State of Iowa, OSHA, and the USDA, no “investigation” run by rabbis not trained to investigate will prompt action, either.

Judaism, once a moral shining light, has been reduced to darkness by years of amoral rabbinic leadership. Judaism is broken, and it is the rabbis who have done the breaking.



Filed under Crime, Haredim, Jewish Leadership, Kosher Business?, Kosher Meat Scandal, Modern Orthodoxy

11 responses to “Rubashkin’s New Website Touts Rubashkin, Rubashkin Employees As “Independent Experts”

  1. Stephen Mendelsohn


    PETA is out with the video of its inspector being refused medical reimbursement for a campylobacter infection by Rubashkin’s director of human resources.
    click on “AgriProcessors Denies Healthcare to Employee”

    The video speaks louder than any of Rubashkin’s rubbish.

  2. Anonymous

    7 Things You Didn’t Know About PETA

    1) PETA president and co-founder Ingrid Newkirk has described her group’s overall goal as “total animal liberation.” This means no meat, no milk, no zoos, no circuses, no wool, no leather, no hunting, no fishing, and no pets (not even seeing-eye dogs). PETA is also against all medical research that requires the use of animals.

    2) Despite its constant moralizing about the “unethical” treatment of animals by restaurant owners, grocers, farmers, scientists, anglers, and countless other Americans, PETA has killed over 10,000 dogs and cats at its Norfolk, Virginia headquarters. During 2003, PETA put to death over 85 percent of the animals it collected from members of the public.

    3) PETA has given tens of thousands of dollars to convicted arsonists and other violent criminals. This includes a 2001 donation of $1,500 to the North American Earth Liberation Front (ELF), an FBI-certified “domestic terrorist” group responsible for dozens of firebombs and death threats. During the 1990s, PETA paid $70,200 to an Animal Liberation Front (ALF) activist convicted of burning down a Michigan State University research laboratory. In his sentencing recommendation, a federal prosecutor implicated PETA president Ingrid Newkirk in that crime. And PETA vegetarian campaign coordinator Bruce Friedrich told an animal rights convention in 2001 that “blowing stuff up and smashing windows” is “a great way to bring about animal liberation.”

    4) PETA activists regularly target children as young as six years old with anti-meat and anti-milk propaganda, often waiting outside their schools to intercept them as they walk to and from class-without notifying parents. One piece of kid-targeted PETA literature tells small children: “Your Mommy Kills Animals!” PETA brags that its messages reach over 2 million children every year, including thousands reached by e-mail without the permission of their parents. One PETA vice president told the Fox News Channel’s audience: “Our campaigns are always geared towards children, and they always will be.”

    5) PETA has used a related organization, the PETA Foundation, to fund the misnamed Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a deceptive animal rights group that promotes itself as an unbiased source of medical and nutritional information. PCRM’s president also serves as president of the PETA Foundation.

    6) PETA runs campaigns seemingly calculated to offend religious believers. One entire PETA website is devoted to the claim-despite ample evidence to the contrary-that Jesus Christ was a vegetarian. PETA holds protests at houses of worship, even suing one church that tried to protect its members from Sunday-morning harassment. Its billboards taunt Christians with the message that hogs “died for their sins.” PETA insists, contrary to centuries of rabbinical teaching, that the Jewish ritual of kosher slaughter shouldn’t be allowed. And its infamous “Holocaust on Your Plate” campaign crassly compares the Jewish victims of Nazi genocide with farm animals.

    7) PETA has repeatedly attacked research foundations like the March of Dimes, the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and the American Cancer Society, because they support animal-based research that might uncover cures for birth defects and life-threatening diseases. PETA president Ingrid Newkirk has said that “even if animal research resulted in a cure for AIDS, we would be against it.”

  3. 2 things most people realize about the above comment:

    1. It was cut and pasted from another website without proper attribution.

    2. Even if completely true, it does not change the facts of this case.

  4. Anonymous

    My favorite line: “Not a jungle but an oasis”. Well, if they say so, it would be pretty anti-Orthodox of me to disagree!

    Funny thing- there’s no contact info given in the “contact info” window. I guess if they want questions or comments, they can get them from their crack team of Independent Experts.

  5. “Judaism, once a moral shining light, has been reduced to darkness by years of amoral rabbinic leadership. Judaism is broken, and it is the rabbis who have done the breaking.”

    Well said, Shmarya.

  6. hashfanatic

    Yes, I agree, Saul. Very well said, Shmarya.

    Even if we wanted to forget how far they have fallen from any sort of decency and righteousness, they’ll always furnish us with more reasons to remember what they are and what they do.

  7. Anonymous

    jig a joo you should be the last person to talk about right and wrong in posting anything. So anybody associated with any of the characters you claim are criminals are also lumped as criminals, what does it say about your subscription to a group that is no more credible then the nationl enquirer.

    Besides, you also were a part of these dastardly Chabadniks as well. Who likes turncoats.

  8. hashfanatic

    “Who likes turncoats?”

    Who wants to be liked?

  9. Yochanan Lavie

    “No snitching” is for street gangs. Shmarya talks truth to power.

  10. Anonymous

    And speaking of attribution:

    I didnt see one for this cow gif you ripped off.

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