Schechita (kosher slaughter) is supposed to be humane and cause a minimum of suffering. It involves severing the carotid arteries, trachea, etc. all in one swift stroke with a specially sharpened knife that has been inspected for perfect sharpness (no nicks in the blade) right before each slaughter. It must also be done by a specially trained individual. Basically, the animal should be "dead before they even feel the cut".
At the Agri-Processor plant in Iowa, they were caught on tape rummaging around with a hook in newly-slaughtered cows' throats before they even lost consciousness, to remove a certain bit of tissue. This was a clear violation of Jewish law. Also, some of the slaughters resulted in cows getting up and walking around with their throats cut, clearly showing that it was not done properly. Properly schechted animals should lose consciousness within about 30 seconds, NOT be trying to get up and walk, or actually walking.
I was always leery of Agri-Processors products (Rubashkin brand), and after a bit of research, stayed away from them. My suspicions were proven correct after the above scandal AND the illegal labor practice scandal.
Thanks. What you advised jogged my memory and is correct. Not being an expert on kosher procedures I assumed they were violated. Would the methods used render the meat non-kosher?
“Schechita” must be more like using a drone instead of waterboarding -
I have seen slaughter houses (meat processors) in KC with a big sledgehammer to the skull of a steer or a quick rifle bullet - I have seen animals hanging from a hook and throats slit.
Is there really any humane way to kill anything?
Can*t we all just feast on the strange veggie crud Moochelle talks about for kids while she stands at a weird angle for the TV cameras in Quasi-Afreekin* designer stuff - and then she has a huge cheeseburger, fries, and a shake.
OFF TOPIC STUFF of THINGS NOT TO DO:
1 - Swim with White Sharks
2 - Climb tall mountains in blizzard country
3 - Travel to Iran if you are a retired CIA or FBI agent
4 - Listen to John McCain about anything