The Northern District Attorney’s Office, in collaboration with the Agriculture
Ministry, indicted four employees of the Adom Adom meat supplier on Tuesday for
cruelty and causing bodily harm to animals.
The employees, who all worked
at the Adom Adom factory in Beit She’an, were Eliyahu Sheetrit, 45, the manager
of the factory’s slaughterhouse; Bahah Darbashi, 33; and two outside contractors
who worked at the slaughterhouse – Fadi Hadayari, 34, and Salah Fudi,
According to the indictment presented to the Nazareth Magistrate’s
Court, Sheetrit supplied the employees with an electric cattle prod to help them
move the calves and sheep down the slaughter line. The indictment says the
employees used the cattle prod without proper reason and caused pain and
suffering to calves and sheep, particularly by applying the pod to the animals’
testicles and other sensitive areas such as the face.
The prod was used
on animals that had fallen or were under stress, and at times when they were
physically incapable of moving, the indictment states. It adds that on a number
of occasions, the employees beat the animals with wooden rods and plastic hoses,
mainly on their backs, but also on the head.
The indictment follows a
December 2012 hidden-camera report on the Channel 2 program Kolbotek, which
showed the workers using the prod and sticks at the Beit She’an factory. That
report, which caused a sensation in the Israeli media, led to protest and calls
for consumer boycotts. It also spurred police and the Environmental Protection
Ministry to launch an investigation into Tnuva, which owns Adom
According to the Kolbotek report, which also showed workers using
forklifts to drag animals by the legs, abuse was rampant at the site.
indictment further alleges that Fudi punched animals in the stomach, sat on the
backs of sheep and hit them in the head with a stick.
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