Iowa-based AgriProcessors Inc., the world's largest kosher slaughterhouse, has received grand jury subpoena requesting documents; the reason could be either PETA complaints or reports of substandard working conditions.
Kosher slaughter is identical to the equally barbaric Muslim Halaal slaughter method, which also stipulates that the animal must be alive as it bleeds to death to satisfy the perverted demands of Semitic Desert Gods. Kosher slaughter was outlawed in Nazi Germany as cruel and barbaric.
The Forward weekly reported earlier last week that the slaughterhouse is being probed by Jewish organizations in response to its article regarding substandard working condition at the slaughterhouse.
The Forward's first article about conditions at Agriprocessors appeared in late May, and came out of interviews with dozens of Hispanic immigrant workers at the plant. It is estimated that some 90 percent of the plant's workers are Hispanic immigrants, many of them undocumented.
Industry experts told the Forward that wages paid to workers at AgriProcessors are among the lowest in the slaughterhouse industry, despite the premium price at which AgriProcessors sells its kosher meat. Several workers at the plant also told the Forward they received virtually no safety training, which they said contributed to accidental amputations and other health problems. The plant accounts for more than half of all violations handed out to Iowa slaughterhouses by the Occupational Safety Health Administration this year.
Trained rabbis at the plant slaughter cows at a rate of about one every three minutes. The meat is sold under the brands Iowa's Best Beef, Rubashkin's and Aaron's Best. The slaughterhouse became the focus of controversy two years ago when People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, made public an undercover videotape showing steers walking or bellowing up to three minutes after their throats were slit.