A Chicken’s Point of View
A secret Investigation at Soglowek Slaughterhouse
Kolbotek investigator and Anonymous activist Ronen Bar's undercover work revealed the horrifying last moments of millions of chickens’ and turkeys’ before their deaths at the Soglowek slaughterhouse, whose meat is marketed under the brands Soglowek, Teva Off, and Milu Off. (Click here to see the full report as aired on Kolbotek.)The documentation exposed severe systematic abuses of the animals, including:
- Hours in Filthy Cages - The chickens are held in filthy cages filled with feces for at least fifteen hours! The cages are crammed so full that there is no room for the chickens to move, while their low roofs force the birds to lie squat. Some of the chickens are injured, panting from the high temperature and humidity that their dense condition creates. They aren’t given water, food or veterinary care.
- Violently Dropped - To remove the chickens from their cages, the slaughterhouse uses a reverse machine that dumps the animals out, similar to how a truck might dump hay. A forklift raises the cage, while a machine beats the cage and repeatedly shakes it until most of the chickens fall onto a moving rail, where they are taken to slaughter. Because the chickens are forcibly thrown down from on high and land on each other, the animals become fearful and flap their wings in panic. According to the Halacha/Jewish Law, the mere fall from the great height is enough to suggest that the chickens slaughtered at Soglowek are traif/non-Kosher). Additionally, the reverse machine crushes the chickens that get stuck between the machine and the device, and when the cages are emptied by the machine, dismembered bodies are often seen on the cages or on the machine.
- Trapped in Bars - The chicken's body parts are frequently caught between cage bars, ensnaring the bird and preventing her from moving; these chickens are often injured and bleeding. When the cage is tipped, and the other chickens are poured out of it, the caught chicken dangles in the air by her head, wing or leg. The workers then brutally tear the chicken from the cage, and send her to the slaughter strip. Workers were also documented aggressively pulling trapped chickens loose, worsening their injuries, and sometimes even ripping the chicken’s body from her head.
- Kicking, Dragging, Throwing - Slaughterhouse workers catch chickens that fall to the ground using a curved iron rod that grips them by their legs. Occasionally the workers kick a chicken and drag her on the ground, sometimes lifting her into the air as she is upside-down. Often, workers grasp the chickens by a leg or a wing, or throw them in the air, from a distance, to the slaughter strip.
- Chickens Quivering Long Minutes after Slaughter - The investigator documented turkeys being thrown into the air, after their throats have been slit, into metal bins. Some of the turkeys are fully conscious, desperately trying to escape for long, brutal minutes.
The investigation sheds light for the yet again on the horrors of the poultry meat industry in Israell - a giant industry, which acts under a shroud of secrecy. What hides in frozen chicken, wrapped in plastic? What lies in the schnitzel and cold cuts you find in the supermarket? What lies behind them? And what can be done?