"There were days that I worked 22 or 23 hours without a break… I had to force-feed the geese every four hours and then watch them, so if they died, we’d immediately pluck their feathers and clean them so we could sell the liver." The above is part of a deposition sworn by one of nine Thai workers who were rescued two weeks ago from two geese farms in Moshav Ben Zakai.
The rescue was carried out by the Immigration Police and Trade and Industry Ministry inspectors. The farms are owned by two brothers. One is suspected of continuing to force-feed geese despite a High Court injunction against the practice. Both are suspected of mistreating the employees, who slept among the geese pens.
The police are examining whether the conditions of the workers meets the definition of a law passed a few months ago prohibiting commerce in human beings for the purposes of slavery and forced labor. These Thai workers will probably be the first test case of the law, which mandates sentences of up to 20 years.…
The Immigration Police found clear evidence of the illegal force-feeding of geese, yet the Agriculture Ministry denied that force-feeding was happening at these farms. It turns out that the Agriculture Ministry warns farmers before inspections. Kinda like our USDA, nu?