A WORKER beats calves 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy Anonymous for Animal Rights)
The organization Anonymous for Animal Rights filed complaints with the police,
and the Agriculture and Environmental Protection ministries on Wednesday
demanding an investigation into the abuse of calves and lambs.
a report on the subject that Channel 10 aired on Tuesday night.
footage, documented by a researcher for Anonymous, shows workers whipping calves
and lamps as they are being unloaded in Eilat from Australian ships on June 15,
destined for large Israeli meat companies such as Tnuva and Debach. Later, the
researcher documents workers using electric shockers on some of the animals
while loading them onto trucks headed to Tnuva’s Adom Adom slaughterhouse in
Animal rights organizations in Australia filed a similar
complaint with local authorities.
“It is absurd to transport animals on
an arduous journey tossed on ships from the other end of the world to be
fattened and slaughtered in Israel,” said Hagai Cohen, from Anonymous for Animal
The researcher had installed a camera on a mountain opposite the
Port of Eilat, documenting the unloading of the 25,000 animals from ships and
onto trucks – a process that lasted about 40 hours in the heat, according to
Revealing serious abuse, the video shows workers beating the
animals all over their bodies, including their heads, and throwing the lambs
from a great height.
“All of this occurred in plain sight of an
Agriculture Ministry inspector,” the Channel 10
following the trucks carrying the animals for about 3 km., the Anonymous
researcher recorded the unloading process at the quarantine station in Kibbutz
Eilot, showing repeated lashings, pulling them by the tails and the use of
Likewise, the researcher took footage of the animals
being shocked as they were loaded onto trucks at the fattening farm at Kibbutz
Beit Hashita north of Beit She’ean, on their way to Tnuva’s Adom Adom
slaughterhouse. The electric shockers are used to push the animals to board the
trucks faster, the Anonymous researcher explains on the Channel 10
Questioned on camera about the electric shocking process inside
the barn, the manager of the facility yells to the worker to cease the
“Do not use that," he instructs the worker.
documentation joins a December investigation of the Adom Adom slaughterhouse
that arose after the television program Kolbotek on Channel 2
abuse and shocking of calves and sheep at the facility. In the video evidence
for that case, Adom Adom workers were shown abusing calves with a shocker, as
well as beating them and dragging them by their legs onto a
Both the most recent incident and this one join a 2011
investigation that showed calves being shocked before slaughter for the company
at the Zafur quarantine station at Moshav Tzofar in the central Arava, Anonymous
for Animal Rights said.
Emphasizing that the abuse of the animals “is
only exacerbated after their docking on Israeli shores,” Cohen from Anonymous
said the Agriculture Ministry was failing to properly monitor the actions of the
country’s meat companies. He called for consumers to “choose not to fund this
cruelty” and to actively boycott Israel’s meat industry.
Ministry said it conducts extensive operations in all matters related to animal
welfare, noting that the ministry promoted the approval of animal welfare
regulations regarding the transportation of livestock and prevention of their
suffering during the process. The regulations prohibit the use of strength or
electric shockers against the animals except in cases with reasonable cause, and
all transport of animals must occur in the presence of a supervisor or driver
trained by the ministry, the office continued.
More than 500 drivers and
escorts have been trained in Agriculture Ministry courses designed to minimize
animal suffering, which has led to significant reductions in transport abuse,
the ministry said.
During the unloading of the ship in Eilat in the
, inspectors from the Agriculture Ministry and a government
veterinarian took part in the unloading process, which lasted three days,
according to the ministry. As part of the process, the inspectors examined the
trucks that would transport the calves and lambs, ensuring that they were clean
and enabling the continued transfer the animals without delay, the ministry
“The Agriculture Ministry asked the reporter to transfer to the
office the photos in his hands,” the ministry said. “They have not been
received, and we would like to receive them in order to take action on the
subject. Veterinary Services in the Agriculture Ministry calls for all
citizens to contact the office with any suspected violation of the Animal