According to the JPost, key rabbinical organizations across North America are preparing to put on a solid front protecting kosher shechita.
About what are they worried? Prospective attacks and fallout regarding the PETA disclosures and video about the heinous (but apparently kosher) slaughter of the animals at AgriProcessors.
Okay, I get it. These leading rabbis are justified in worrying because a couple of European countries have already outlawed shechita after concluding that it causes more pain to animals than stunning and killing them (which would be unkosher).
I get it. These groups and rabbis want to ensure that we can still provide kosher meat to the Jewish population across North America before it becomes illegal to do it everywhere except Paraguay and Cameroon.
What I don’t get is what they think they are doing when they don’t attack what happened at AgriProcessors as vile, heinous, unJewish, and unacceptable as kosher food. I mean, for god’s sake, if you don’t have a Jewish law declaring what was done at AgriProcessors as unkosher, CREATE ONE!
Here’s how they plan to counter the bad publicity and ensure that shechita will still be practiced: their public relations firm, handled specifically to handle this fiasco, quoted Rabbi Ezra Harari Raful, director of overseas shechita and meat imports for Israel’s Chief Rabbinate saying,
“I never said that the shehita seen in the [PETA] video is not kosher…What I did say is that the Chief Rabbinate does not approve of an animal that gets up after shechita because of ‘marit ayin’ [perception] but that the animal is kosher! I also never said that that the Rabbinate will not accept shechita where the arteries have not been severed.”
Brilliant strategy folks! I’m sure this will garner the sympathy of all Jews and gentiles out there. For those of you who only eat kosher meat, I suggest you get used to imported beef from Paraguay.
Here’s more from that JPost article:
Dr. Temple Grandin, assistant professor of animal science at Colorado State University, who provided expert advice to PETA, told The Jerusalem Post that incompetent kosher slaughterers and shoddy quality control at AgriProcessors is giving shehita a bad name.
“What really makes me mad is when Orthodox Jews try to hide behind religious rhetoric to try to justify sloppy slaughtering procedures,” she said.
“You know what that’s called? Bulls**t. I’ve seen kosher done right and all it takes is responsible management.”
Grandin has 30 years of experience engineering slaughterhouses, both kosher and non kosher, throughout the world.