Israeli Slaughterhouse Shut Down for Abusing Animals
(Content warning: graphic descriptions of violence toward animals below)
Breaking news: Last week, Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture mandated that the Dabbah slaughterhouse be shut down following numerous animal rights violations. Prior to this, the Dabbah slaughterhouse had been the largest in the country, slaughtering over 120,000 animals per year. The government’s powerful statement in shutting down Dabbah sends a message to all other slaughterhouses in the country, emphasizing that Israel takes animal rights seriously.
Dabbah’s violated animal rights in numerous ways: through employee treatment of animals, through inhumane slaughter methods that caused animal suffering, and through poorly designed facilities that impinged on animals’ quality of life. An Israeli news channel released an investigative film documenting the horrific abuse these animals suffered:
The documentary’s video recordings showed animals still alive and breathing after their throats were slit. Some of them got up on their legs and attempted to walk. In addition, a systematic use of beating, kicking and electric shocks was revealed. Animals that didn’t proceed along the course toward their slaughter were repeatedly shocked all over their bodies, even when they could not move due to the overcrowded conditions. In some cases they were hit hard over their backs with an iron gate.
Dabbah can only reopen after it amends its facilities, practices, and oversight to be in compliance with Israeli animal rights protections.
Original article and image source: http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/.premium-1.660403