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Groups petition court to close Tnuva facility
By SHARON UDASIN
Animal rights activists call on High Court to close slaughterhouse in Beit She'an following allegations of animal cruelty.
The animal rights organizations Anonymous for Animal Rights and Let Animals Live
petitioned the High Court of Justice on Wednesday morning calling for the
immediate closure of a Bakar Tnuva slaughterhouse in Beit
Following an undercover expose aired by Reshet's Kolbotek program
on Thursday about alleged abuse at the Adom-Adom slaughterhouse, the
Environmental Protection Ministry, Agriculture Ministry and Beit She’an police
opened a criminal investigation into practices at the site.
of animals receiving electric shocks, beatings and other forms of abuse, rights
groups likewise called for the resignation of Erez Wolf, CEO of Tnuva’s
Adom-Adom meat brand on Monday. The Agriculture Ministry announced on Tuesday
that it would summon four plant veterinarians for a hearing on
In reaction to the ongoing investigation, Wolf stressed that
the company “unequivocally condemns this behavior” and said measures were being
taken against the employees who had participated in the abusive
The High Court petition, drafted by attorneys Yossi Wolfson and
Guy Nussen, claims that Tnuva and its veterinary services should be barred from
operating the slaughterhouse until the criminal investigation concludes, and
calls on the company to correct employee training procedures, supervisory
mechanisms and infrastructural defects there.
Details in the petition
rely on the testimony of Ronen Bar, an activist with Anonymous for Animal Rights
who carried out the undercover investigation of the slaughterhouse for Kolbotek.
In addition, the rights groups also said they incorporate statements from Dr.
Bidda Jones, chief scientist at Australia’s Royal Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), as many of the cows at the slaughterhouse had been
imported from Australia.
“The documentation from Ronen Bar’s camera shows
that driving a herd at Bakar Tnuva is done principally by means of stick
beatings and electric shocks,” the petition says.
“The use of electric
shocks is not exceptional; rather, it is systematic, constant and routine,” it
goes on. “The animals absorb the electric shocks in all organs, including the
head, the face and the testicles. Also, when calves are incapable of standing on
their feet, the workers attack them with electric shocks and again all over
The petitioners stressed that there had been insufficient
layoffs regarding the workers involved in the abuse, and that in the absence of
proper training practices new employees would behave similarly.
rights groups in Australia, such as RSPCA and Animals Australia, are calling for
a ban of cattle exports to Israel. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation aired
a segment on the situation at the slaughterhouse, while Australian Agriculture
Department Deputy Secretary Phillip Glyde ordered an investigation into the
case, according to Anonymous for Animal Rights.
Accompanying the petition
to the High Court was a letter to Veterinary Services head Dr. Nadav Galon from
Dr. Hagai Almagor, who was formerly in charge of animal welfare at the
“If I were overseeing the Animal Welfare Law today,
I would be actively seeking the closure of the slaughterhouse of Tnuva in Beit
She’an until all procedures and actions were comprehensively examined by all the
enforcement and supervisory officials,” Almagor wrote.