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Israeli Company Sued over Cruelty to Kosher Slaughtered Animals

A group of consumers headed by a Haredi woman is looking to sue Tnuva for consumer anguish.
Image taken from plaintiffs' website, which says the calf pictured sustained a broken leg but the Tnuva employee continued to shock it to get it to move.

Image taken from plaintiffs' website, which says the calf pictured sustained a broken leg but the Tnuva employee continued to shock it to get it to move.
Photo Credit: tnuvacruelty.co.il

To remind you, today’s ruling by Judge Tamar Rapaport, is expected to be only over the validity of the class action suit, and not a deliberation of the suit itself.

Anonymous for Animal Rights also has a case pending before the Supreme Court, requesting that the Tnuva slaughterhouse be shut down, first temporarily and then permanently.

The Jewish Press contacted the Friedman legal firm representing the defendant, Tnuva, but they were not available for comment.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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29 Responses to “Israeli Company Sued over Cruelty to Kosher Slaughtered Animals”

  1. Hashem taught us the most painless way to kill a animal for consumption. To toture a animal prior to shechita defetes the purpose and needs to be marked as traif

  2. Hashem taught us the most painless way to kill a animal for consumption. To toture a animal prior to shechita defetes the purpose and needs to be marked as traif

  3. Dan Steeves says:

    The Hebrew Scriptures in Proverbs 12:10 state the following regarding the treatment of domestic animals: "The righteous one is caring for the soul of his domestic animal, but the mercies of the wicked one are cruel."

  4. James Miller says:

    Kosher killing at its best is a contradiction in terms. One may as well demand that Jihadists kill us humanely and after an appropriate brocha. The only killing of people or animals should be mercy killing or self-defence.

  5. Ida Plaut says:

    A butcher told me that if I ever went to a kosher slaughterhouse, I would never eat meat again! Can we not modernize the halachic handling of animals to prevent this?

  6. The slaughtering does not require any cruelty to those poor animals. I feel so disgusted by all the sad histories I hear that it is a long time ago I just cannot eat meat anymore. Horrible!

  7. what outrages me is the emphasis on the consumer's "anguish" with no mention here of how the animals will be "compensated" by forcing the company to reform their workers treatment of these gentle, innocent beasts!

  8. I have no respect or regard for a rabbi or kosher certification organization that exclusively focuses in shechta and not how the animal was treated prior to the moment of death. Or to put it another way, I stopped eating all red meat years ago!

  9. Reb Yid says:

    Did you not read the article in its entirety?

    "The defense also provided a friend of the court note from Rabbi Shlomo Yosef Machpud, head of the Badatz kashrut system, who argues in very strong language against unnecessary cruelty to animals, stating that such action would entail the removal of the kosher certification."

  10. I am afraid Kosher slaughterhouses aren't the only inhumane ones. I am almost a vegetarian at this point!

  11. Grace Acosta says:

    There is NO excuse for this! There are plenty of conscientious, qualified shochtim looking for work. My husband is a shochet, and we would make Aliyah tomorrow if he could find a job in a plant that was humane and ethical.

  12. Myriam Obadia says:

    well, I'll not buy any meat until I'm sure it's not been slaughtered by Tuvna. How insanely barbaric can one be? If need be, one can live very well on a vegetarian/halavi diet until the coming of the Mashiach.

  13. I have been a vegetarian for maybe 30 years, as I cannot stand the idea of killing an anilaml so that w can "enjoy' it;s killing.

    I agree with this lady that s laughterhouse should be shut down, and I hope that regular inslections are being made at avery slaughterhouse.

    Those who are so cruel to those poor animals should be jailed.
    I wonder how many chicken eaters, have any idea of the extreme cruelty in the slaughter of chickens.
    Even if I was not a vegetarian, have seen a video of the cruely these birds suffer, I would stop eating poultry.

  14. Avril Simms says:

    Why are humans still eating the flesh of animals? Isn't there already enough evidence to prove that there is no such thing as " humane slaughter "! Go vegan and no one gets hurt!

  15. Bobbi Miller says:

    I used to eat Kosher meat thinking it was "humanely slaughtered". Now I know that humane slaughter of any kind is an oxymoron, and these people have blood on their hands and souls. Kosher, cage free, free range, all euphemisms for suffering and death. Hashem must be so disapoointed.

  16. As president of Jewish Vegetarians of North America (JVNA), I hope that the admission by Tnuva that, “slaughtering by its very nature causes the animals great suffering," and their implied admission that meat production does not conform to people's inherent concern for animal welfare will lead to a discussion of the many moral issues related to animal-based diets. In addition to the horrible treatment of animals on factory farms, the production and consumption of meat and other animal products contribute significantly to many diseases and to climate change and other environmental threats and is very wasteful of grain, water and energy.

    For more information on Jewish teachings on vegetarianism, please visit the JVNA website (www.JewishVeg.com).

  17. Denise V Friend says:

    Take cruelty and violence out of diet and go Vegan.

  18. Denise V Friend says:

    Go Vegan Mitchell, all animals slaughtered for meat suffer

  19. Denise V Friend says:

    Is there any such thing as Humane slaughter? All sentient beings tremble before death.

  20. Denise V Friend says:

    Joe, there is no such thing as humane slaughter.

  21. I am so glad that finally a stand has been taken for these animals, for me personally punishment for abuse to animals or people can never be strong enough but this is a huge step in showing that animal cruelty in any situation or place is not acceptable and will not be tolerated – anywhere! Makes one wonder what these people are like with human animals, as the link between domestic violence and animal abuse is connected, it is one and the same. People with this kind of aggression and abuse issues show no discrimination between one or the other!

  22. Aran Mathai says:

    http://www.269life.com – find out why all slaughter is wrong.

  23. Aran Mathai says:

    http://www.269life.com – Life is life, pain is pain, blood is blood. Stop all slaughter.

  24. Peter Deelen says:

    DAT IS WEER WEER EEN FOTO VAN ZO VIEZE VUILE LAFAARD DAT DIER HEEFT EEN GEBROKEN POOT EN WORD TOCH NOG OPGEJAAGD MET ELEKTRICITEIT DIE KLOOTZAK MOESTEN ZE METEEN OPHANGEN EN ALLE MONSTERS DIE ZO MET DIEREN OM GAAN.

  25. Dieren Rijk says:

    Helemaal mee eens!

  26. Annie Kleefstra says:

    wat een vreselijke praktijkken daar.

  27. Marie-therese Peeters says:

    I cannot believe this is still happening in 2013. All this torture to animals. Just stop eating meat. How can you enjoy eating meat anymore. Glad I stopped so many years ago.

  28. In the name of God: Go vegan!

  29. In the name of God: Go vegan!

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