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Israel's Chief Rabbis Grant CHAI's Request to End Cruel Slaughter Method






Chief Rabbis:
Will Phase Out Shackling & Hoisting



Vegetarianism & Veganism

Factory Farming

Kosher Slaughter



Cattle Mutilation

How Long Animals Live

Slaughterhouse: Photos

Slaughterhouse: Process

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February 19, 2008


Hakol Chai, the Israeli sister charity of Concern for Helping Animals in Israel (CHAI), today praised the decision of the Chief Rabbis to phase out the cruel practice of shackling and hoisting in Israeli and South American slaughterhouses. The decision came after the release of an undercover video showing how animals suffer in slaughterhouses using this practice and an appeal to the Rabbis by Jerusalem Rabbi Adam J. Frank on behalf of Hakol Chai.


"Kosher laws are intended to minimize the suffering of animals so it is logical, just, and in keeping with Jewish values that a cruel method be replaced with a more humane one," said Rabbi Frank.


"The Israeli Rabbinate has shown awareness and a sense of duty toward the concerns of its constituent population and deserves praise for this sensitivity," he continued. "Judaism contains a self-correcting mechanism by which each generation has the responsibility to evaluate the implementation of Jewish law and its concomitant ethical teachings; a change in practice in the kosher slaughter industry is a fine example of the power of caring people to influence Jewish practice."


Hakol Chai and CHAI now urge both the Orthodox Union and the Israeli Rabbinate to establish a committee to set a fixed timeframe and ensure the supervision of the expedient phase-out of shackling and hoisting in the kosher slaughter industry.


Hakol Chai/CHAI remind the public that becoming vegetarian is the best way to prevent animal suffering (tsa'ar ba'alei hayim), preserve human health, and reverse global warming. According to a report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), meat, not cars, is the number one cause of global warming. It is also a major source of land and water degradation. The UN's Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), made up of hundreds of climate change scientists worldwide, noted the importance of lifestyle changes in meeting the challenge of global warming.


"Please eat less meat," said IPCC representative, economist Rajendra Pachauri, adding that a meat-based diet also has negative consequences for human health.


For more information about shackling and hoisting and vegetarianism, see
www.chai-online.org/rabbi_frank.htm and www.chai-online.org/factoryfarming.htm.