Undercover investigation at Dabbach – the biggest slaughterhouse in Israel
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A new undercover investigation reveals systematic abuse and alleged law-breaking at the biggest slaughterhouse in Israel, Dabbach. This slaughterhouse, located in Deir El-Asad, slaughters more than half the sheep and almost half the calves in Israel. Many of the calves and sheep slaughtered at Dabbach are transported to be fattened and slaughtered in Israel from Australia, in an exhausting journey in sea – the longest in the world, which we reported in the past. Meat from the Dabbach slaughterhouse is sold as strictly kosher (Strictly Kosher, Glatt) from Beit Yosef Badatz.
Among the findings of the investigation
- Beatings and electrocution
The workers at Dabbach routinely strike lambs and sheep on the back and on the head, kick them on their body and face, and twist their tail. I addition, they systematically use electric shock devices on animals, time after time (sometimes ten times in a row on a single animal), on the head and eyes, even when they can't move forward.
- The guillotine
When workers want to move a calf in the narrow slaughter path, they place on his back a type of guillotine – a heavy metal gate that is raised electrically, then drops and strikes the animal repeatedly, sometimes 10 times on one calf. This abuse occurs many times even when the calves have no place to move forward or even to move at all.
- Dragging to slaughter with severe violence
Bringing the lambs from the trucks to the corrals, and from there to the slaughter room, is done very violently at Dabbach. The lambs are pushed from the truck from an elevated platform with no ramp; some are thrown in the air, and some fall on their back. Workers strike them with bare hands or sticks on every part of their body (head included) to get them off the trucks and to make them walk along the aisles. They are kicked, pulled by the tail to move or raise them, and dragged by their feet across the floor. Sometimes they are struck by a stick designed to scare them. The gate of the crowded corral is shut on them forcefully, even if this means crushing a frightened lamb.
- Live, breathing, walking calves – after the slaughter!
After the calves and the cows have their neck veins severed, the workers don’t wait for them to lose consciousness. (Note that it is required to ensure that they have lost consciousness). “Processing” the animals while they are dying makes make them suffer even more and causes their dying to last longer.
After the vein severing (which is sometimes done only partially), and before 30 seconds have elapsed, the calves are thrown from the full inversion slaughter box, before they have lost much blood, and are dropped to the lifting area (sometimes one on top of the other) or to the ground. For a little while, some of the calves even try to stand up on their feet, attempting to run away!
- Abusing calves while they are dying
As soon as the calves are thrown from the rotating binding cell, the workers start trying to hang them from the conveyor belt by one foot. To tie a dying calf's foot to the hanging chain, the workers pull him by his tail, even twisting and breaking it while the calf is writhing in anguish. In other cases, the workers struggle with the calf using hoses, or grab the bleeding slaughter wounds with their hands. Many calves are hung while they are still fully conscious, thrashing and trying to breathe, while their back foot is badly sprained due to their body weight hanging from it.
The horrifying abuse at the Dabbach slaughterhouse is common, not exceptional in any way. As we reported in our previous undercover investigation at Adom Adom, this abuse is the routine. These two slaughterhouses kill almost all the calves and lambs in Israel. It is likely that most of the fresh meat that you have consumed during the past few years originated from one of these two facilities. We must also remember that these places are merely the two last stations in lives filled with pain, suffering and distress, and in most cases have also included one of the most agonizing trips in the world – the transport to Israel from Australia.
What can we do?
The only way that we can make it stop is simply to stop paying the abusers. It might not always be easy to change eating habits – to give up meat, a product with many attributes that we have been accustomed to – but it’s possible, and today it’s easier than ever. More and more people in Israel and throughout the world are doing so. According to a recent survey, more than one million Israelis have made this unprecedented change. Every Israeli that chooses to go vegan or vegetarian saves 4,000 lives from suffering and death.