Shocking Animal Abuse at Israeli Kosher Slaughterhouse

Chickens Die Agonizing Death at Soglowek Plant


By Haaretz

Published October 31, 2013.
  • Print
  • Share Share

A severe pattern of animal abuse at the Soglowek Foods chicken slaughtering plant has been exposed in an Israeli TV report.

The Channel 10 expose contained disturbing footage showing workers poking iron rods through cages packed with fowl to release doors that frequently get jammed, and how the chickens are knocked around and pile into each other when the old, broken down and twisted cages tip over.

Workers are shown abusively using metal hooks to catch chickens that get loose, and in one case brutally disengaging a leg that was caught. In another sequence a chicken with its head stuck between the bars of the cage has it manually yanked back by a worker but apparently doesn’t survive the ordeal.

Soglowek CEO Pini Kamari said in response: “We regret and apologize for what was shown on Kolbotek, which doesn’t reflect Soglowek’s spirit and policies.”

Ronen Bar, a member of the animal rights group Anonymous, worked undercover at the Soglowek plant for several months. He says the program’s team filming the slaughterhouse found serious violations of the Animal Protection Law and of regulations for transporting animals.

“Most of the problems derive from the infrastructure of the Soglowek slaughterhouse,” says Bar. “There is a machine that tilts the chicken cages downward to unload them − just like unloading gravel. This leads to an appalling situation in which the machine repeatedly tips the cages, slamming the chickens when they get stuck and don’t fall.”

For more go to Haaretz


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • Why genocide is always wrong, period. And the fact that some are talking about it shows just how much damage the war in Gaza has already done.
  • Construction workers found a 75-year-old deli sign behind a closing Harlem bodega earlier this month. Should it be preserved?
  • "The painful irony in Israel’s current dilemma is that it has been here before." Read J.J. Goldberg's latest analysis of the conflict:
  • Law professor Dan Markel waited a shocking 19 minutes for an ambulance as he lay dying after being ambushed in his driveway. Read the stunning 911 transcript as neighbor pleaded for help.
  • Happy birthday to the Boy Who Lived! July 31 marks the day that Harry Potter — and his creator, J.K. Rowling — first entered the world. Harry is a loyal Gryffindorian, a matchless wizard, a native Parseltongue speaker, and…a Jew?
  • "Orwell would side with Israel for building a flourishing democracy, rather than Hamas, which imposed a floundering dictatorship. He would applaud the IDF, which warns civilians before bombing them in a justified war, not Hamas terrorists who cower behind their own civilians, target neighboring civilians, and planned to swarm civilian settlements on the Jewish New Year." Read Gil Troy's response to Daniel May's opinion piece:
  • "My dear Penelope, when you accuse Israel of committing 'genocide,' do you actually know what you are talking about?"
  • What's for #Shabbat dinner? Try Molly Yeh's coconut quinoa with dates and nuts. Recipe here:
  • Can animals suffer from PTSD?
  • Is anti-Zionism the new anti-Semitism?
  • "I thought I was the only Jew on a Harley Davidson, but I was wrong." — Gil Paul, member of the Hillel's Angels. http://jd.fo/g4cjH
  • “This is a dangerous region, even for people who don’t live there and say, merely express the mildest of concern about the humanitarian tragedy of civilians who have nothing to do with the warring factions, only to catch a rash of *** (bleeped) from everyone who went to your bar mitzvah! Statute of limitations! Look, a $50 savings bond does not buy you a lifetime of criticism.”
  • That sound you hear? That's your childhood going up in smoke.
  • "My husband has been offered a terrific new job in a decent-sized Midwestern city. This is mostly great, except for the fact that we will have to leave our beloved NYC, where one can feel Jewish without trying very hard. He is half-Jewish and was raised with a fair amount of Judaism and respect for our tradition though ultimately he doesn’t feel Jewish in that Larry David sort of way like I do. So, he thinks I am nuts for hesitating to move to this new essentially Jew-less city. Oh, did I mention I am pregnant? Seesaw, this concern of mine is real, right? There is something to being surrounded by Jews, no? What should we do?"
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.