Revisiting Soglowek slaughterhouse
החשיפה המלאה מחדשות10: מה השתנה במשחטת זוגלובק?
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Coming back to Soglowek slaughterhouse: A year and a half after the investigation that shook Israel and that made many people (including the current president, Reuven Rivlin) stop buying chicken, and after hearing Soglowek’s CSO, Pini Kamari, issue promises to make changes, we decided to revisit the slaughterhouse and see with our own eyes what has really changed there since our previous investigation. The evidence that has now been revealed on Channel 10 News speaks for itself: Behind Soglowek’s sausages and pastramis, there are chickens and turkeys that go through hell on earth, even during their final moments.
Soglowek’s slaughterhouse in Shlomi, Israel, is one of the mass slaughter sites of chickens and turkeys in Israel. In the last few years, Soglowek has become notorious after extreme animal abuse on their premises has been documented repeatedly. Time after time, Soglowek has shirked its responsibility for the abuse uncovered during random checks of its slaughterhouses and has promised that “it will never happen again”. But a new investigation shows otherwise. Soglowek’s routine abuse still goes on. The “supervising” veterinarians are there, as well as the kosher “supervisors”; but they can’t or won’t stop it.
The authorities theoretically stand against the abuse: the animal cruelty law stipulates up to 3 years in prison for abuse to a single animal. But despite the many hours of documentation that we submitted to the authorities, including evidence of severe and systematic abuse to tens of thousands of animals, not a single indictment against either the managers or workers at Soglowek has been made.
We demand complete transparency in slaughterhouses, by having monitoring cameras installed to transmit to a destination website [link to the petition page].
10 prominent findings from our latest investigation
1. Many of the chickens get stuck between the cage bars, and the workers pull them out forcefully. As seen in our previous investigation, the new one shows cages that seem to be damaged. When workers come across a chicken caught between the bars, they do not try to release her carefully and to prevent her from being hurt and in pain. Instead, they plainly pull her aggressively by the wing, in a manner that causes her extreme suffering and pain. Chickens that fall or fly to the floor of the slaughterhouse are kicked by the workers.
2. Workers throw chickens in the air and play with them as if they were toys, mere objects, not sentient beings. Other workers pick up the frightened chickens, while dancing, jumping, and laughing.
3. Slaughterers ignoring abuse or collaborate with it. For example, one worker is documented waving and tossing a bleeding chicken while the chicken is still conscious after incision, while dancing with the slaughterer and other workers.
4. Chickens are packed into crowded cages; they peck at each other due to nervousness, hunger, and frustration. The animals are exhausted since all the coops deprive them of food and water prior to loading them. There is no water anywhere else for them while they wait – not while they are packed waiting for the ride to the slaughterhouse, and not after arriving at the slaughtering site. They wait for long hours before being slaughtered.
5. In one cage we documented a death rate of ten percent of the chickens. This high percentage is usually an indication of allowing the chickens to dehydrate during the long hours in the cages, which are hot from the warmth of the hundreds of bodies crowded together. Soglowek’s workers proceed to empty the cage, quickly throwing into garbage cans what appears to be dead chickens, though from a distance it looks like some of them are still alive and moving. These chickens are sentenced by Soglowek to continue dying painfully for a long period of time in the trash can.
6. Evidence of breaking kosher laws: Every finding from our investigation shows immense unnecessary suffering caused to the chickens, something that is contrary to the Halacha (the Jewish law) command to avoid this. In addition, we found evidence of the slaughter laws being broken. For example, the laws of slaughter require the slaughterer himself to place the dying chickens in a device in which they will bleed to death. In some cases we documented the slaughterer giving the dying chickens to other workers, who threw them against the device, causing the chickens severe pain. In another instance, some turkeys are slaughtered side by side, with almost no space between them. According to some adjudicators, this condition is enough to render their flesh Terefah (unfit to be eaten). “A chicken and a beast that will be slaughtered in front of it, its lung will shrink due to fear… therefore it is Terefah”, rules Yosef Hayyim. In addition, we documented slaughterers picking with their fingers in the slaughter wounds, an act that inflicts excruciating pain to the animal.
7. Turkeys labeled Terefah are put through immense torture: According to procedure, after incision, the workers should put the turkeys into a cone-shaped bleeding device until they lose consciousness. This device is designed so that the animal's head will protrude from the bottom of it, and the blood will drain down. But in many cases this procedure is not followed properly. Sometimes, while the device is still occupied by a dying animal, a worker shoves another animal in without waiting for the death and removal of the first animal. The second animal, whose head cannot reach the bottom of the cone, gets up and tries to escape. In other cases, workers throw the chickens into the device from a distance, the chickens roll over on the way, and end up with head underneath and legs overhead. We have also documented cases in which workers threw slaughtered chickens directly into the garbage, not even placing them in the bleeding device first. As a result, the dying process lasts longer, and the animals fight for their lives for a long period of time in a pile of corpses, going through much unnecessary suffering.
8. Being an involuntary play object: Abuse of both turkeys and chickens labeled as Terefah is documented. Some animals are thrown into garbage cans without even putting them in the cone to bleed to death, as required by procedure and by the animal cruelty law. Sometimes they are thrown into the cones from a distance, and a worker is even documented “dunking” a chicken into a cone, as if this were a basketball game. Many chickens fall from the cones, which seem to be defective.
9. When two workers fight with each other, they throw dying chickens at one another. None of the other workers speak to them about this behavior, as if it is not wrong or unusual.
10. Hiding the abuse. It seems that the main change since our previous visit to the Soglowek slaughterhouse is the huge cover screen set up to prevent the option of watching and documenting the events occurring in the yard. Following our previous investigation, Soglowek chose to put a great deal of effort not into decreasing the amount of abuse but preventing the possibility of documenting it. After all, our previous investigation there showed how, for example, Soglowek allowed thousands of chickens to remain in the slaughterhouse yard packed in cages for 19 hours (!) until they began to die of dehydration.