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Animal Rights Extremists Force Cancellation of Shechita Class

Shechia opponents used graphic images to oppose traditional slaughter method
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Chickens awaiting kosher slaughter

Chickens awaiting kosher slaughter
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A workshop in Berkeley, Calif., on kosher slaughter — during which 15 hens were to be killed — was canceled amid public outcry from animal rights groups and others.

Urban Adamah initially stood firm that its long-planned event would continue as scheduled on Sunday despite activists who threatened to picket and protest outside the urban farm and education center. But on Thursday, Adam Berman, founder and executive director of Urban Adamah, a nonprofit grounded in Jewish values, sent out an email explaining the cancellation.

“We regret to inform you that we are canceling our shechita (ritual slaughter) workshop planned for this Sunday,” the email began. “Our landlord has asked us to cancel the event. We do not have explicit permission in our lease for this activity.

“It has also become clear that there is a significant protest being organized outside the farm during the workshop. The noise and disruption expected from the protesters would very likely have caused undue stress to the chickens and the program participants, and prevent us from holding a safe, educational and compassionate workshop.”

In a phone interview with j. on Thursday, Berman would not comment on the fate of the chickens now that the workshop is canceled.

“We don’t yet know what we are doing with the chickens. We are considering our options,” he said, declining to elaborate.

Berman said the Urban Adamah staff wanted to go ahead with the event, even after opposition began mounting this week in the form of phone calls and emails to Urban Adamah, email blasts from animal rights activists and several groups calling for protests. A Facebook page titled “Protest in Berkeley: Save 15 Young Hens from Slaughter” featured a stark image of a chicken having its throat slashed.

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29 Responses to “Animal Rights Extremists Force Cancellation of Shechita Class”

  1. Animal cruelty for rituals, Old Testament !! New testaments does not ask sacrifices , obey the commands ! I think covers most denomination , be kind to another / respect Gods creatures too!
    Amen

  2. Animal cruelty for rituals, Old Testament !! New testaments does not ask sacrifices , obey the commands ! I think covers most denomination , be kind to another / respect Gods creatures too!
    Amen

  3. You are ignorant of facts.

  4. Well I believe in Gods! Hmm we are all from different denominations and values!
    Define ignorant !

  5. Make a statement, at least rebut with facts ??? I have no problem . But being condescending i do , we are adults we can agree to disagree without degrading

  6. Cm Mckinney says:

    Go home and,watch tv trouble makingg

  7. cool freeze onne and send it to me please these commuist took all my monney

  8. Another reason, I’m vegetarian

  9. Shmuli Cohen says:

    I don’t understand these protests. Why don’t they stand outside an abattoir and protest there?

  10. Nicky Hewie says:

    I think they do.

  11. Nicky Hewie says:

    I am glad someone took the time to show what is cruel and do something about it. No one likes cruelty but how much cruelty should be tolerated? I also feel man allows this – we have to take responsibility for our actions. Why should God or anyone else be blamed for our deeds?

  12. Shechita is the most painless way of killing animals. Animals were created by Hashemthe Almighty to be killed by shechita so Jews and their friends enjoy nice food in order to have healthy bodies and spirits. To those who do not like how we do it I suggest: swallow your anti-Semitic venom and die from it! You are not invited to our tables full of delishios Kosher food! :) :)

  13. Cruelty, you say? Christians tolerated cruelty allright when our people, not animals, were killed mercielessly by endless wars, inquisition, pogroms, intifadas, holocausts and the likes. And now you crying: Poor hens!? Shut up, liars!

  14. 200 School Girls kidnapped by extremists in Nigeria. Go protest that you knuckle heads!

  15. The ignorant define themselves.

  16. They kill millions of chickens DAILY. Kosher is at least humane.

  17. Mike Burkitt sorry no spelling mistake ✌️

  18. Debra, I fight for humanity and animals! It’s just getting of hand , so I decided to comment on animal cruelty , is that ok
    We are ignorant , we create problems but we can not seem resolve without violence . Innocent people are being killed and children!
    It’s constantly daily , all over world there’s issues ! Daily on news people are being killed . So I decided to answer indirectly relate. Animal cruelty I despise

  19. Vitoria Livshutz , I understand it’s part of your beliefs and tradition , apologies , but no need for profanity and cruel comment ! I have Jewish friends , and they respect my view , I know they do but sorry I just like all animals! I an pretty sure not all are so kind .
    Have a good idea

  20. World crisis , poverty, wars and third world countries still dying , and do not have basic food, water or medicine ! Why??
    All denomination , main core to love our 1 almighty , why not unite and help !!!

  21. Why haven’t Animal Rights Extremists gotten Outraged over the cruel Torcher and killing of animals that Islamists are doing? I have 2 different videos that they took in which you can hear the laughing when a man shoots a bull in each of his legs before killing it. Another where a man has a dog by his tail pushing him to an area then throws the dog to his death at least 2 stories high, you can see and hear the dog after it has fallen crying in pain.

  22. David Darko says:

    Sabine Danelon,who are you to oppose the intention of God? Satan is using you and many other Rights Activists, Human Rights, child/ children’s, Animals Rights and many more, all animals are animals, if you are defending really, then, I want to tell you that, there are also animals in the bushes, which suffers in the hands of their fellow animals, you and your satanic groups, who has nothing to do,should go and struggle with lions, tigers and other wild animals, that causes suffering to their fellow animals.

  23. Cheryl Engel says:

    What in the world do they think happens to the chickens they buy in the grocery store? DUH!!!

  24. this animal right group always protest against animal, gonna join your group if you protest against abortion, you act as if only animals have the right and not the unborn

  25. I don’t give a f*ck what a xian thinks about anything. But it seems Jews must keep the little xian monkey on our back like we wanted it there. Have a peanut, go away.

  26. 1. I didn't "accuse" – I asked. Big difference.
    2. Sorry if I came across as snarky. i was probably responding in kind, which I shouldn't have, to that "you failed to demonstrate logical superiority. Why am I not surprised?" crack. You ask "What should I accuse you of?" Well, seems to me that you've already done that.
    3.I said that, "if you are a vegetarian, I understand your objection to shechita, but if you're a meat-eater, I find your argument quite offensive." Where's the nastiness there?

  27. It strikes me in rereading this entire thread that all this anger I seem to have unknowingly provoked is because I tried to elucidate what had prompted Bill Bilek's post. I guess my take-home lesson for this is that I shouldn't ever comment on anybody else's comment. Sorry.

  28. Janice, I appreciate your changed tone and I'll respond in kind. My personal opinions and values do not matter, nor do yours, in determining whether it's right or wrong to kill chickens or other animals. When you turn the argument away from the topic and direct it to the person discussing the topic, it's ad hominem (a logical fallacy that you should avoid) and is usually an insult.

    The topic is whether it's right or wrong to kill hens for Shechita. I claim it's wrong because as humans and as Jews, we know what it means to suffer, to want life and have it taken away, to be valued as vermin or pests or ends to others who use force and violence against us for any reason, especially their pleasure. Unnecessary killing is wrong to a society that values life. Jews and all humans value life, therefore we should not contribute to nor cause unnecessary suffering or death.

    Cruelty is immoral even if it is traditional. It is no more acceptable to abuse women or children out of tradition than it is to abuse chickens or other animals out of tradition. Knowing how my great grandparents suffered because people would not speak up for them empowers me not to remain silent.

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