Groups Demand Ban on Meat From ‘Cruel’ Countries

Cows wearing digital collars eat at dairy farm in Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, southern Israel, that feeds data to a national database which monitors the output, health, genetics and fertility of every cow in Israel, May 19, 2015. Decades ago Israeli dairy farmers confronted a quandary - how could they provide milk to a fast-growing population in a country that is two-thirds desert, with little grazing land? They turned to technology, developing equipment that boosted output - from cooling systems to milk meters and biometrics - and have made Israeli cows the most productive in the world. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (Newscom TagID: rtrlseven058441.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]
Cows wearing digital collars eat at dairy farm in Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, southern Israel. (Reuters/Amir Cohen)

Animal rights groups on Thursday filed a petition with the High Court to ban the import of meat slaughtered in foreign countries at slaughterhouses that do not match the standards of Israeli and European slaughterhouses. Specifically, the petition targets slaughterhouses in South America that mistreat calves that are slaughtered for veal.

A recent exposé on Channel Ten highlighted the practices in the slaughterhouses, in which the calves were hung upside down, with one leg tied. The petition states that the workers in such slaughterhouses begin processing the animal as soon as it is slaughtered, but do not ensure that the animal is actually dead. It should be noted that the slaughterhouses involved generally produced non-chalak (glatt) meat. This method of slaughter is banned in Israel and the European Union.

The practices in question are performed in four South American countries that export meat to Israel. The Channel Ten report highlighted the practice at a slaughterhouse that produced meat that was marketed in Israel under the Neto and Tibon Veal brand, among others. The groups are planning a demonstration in Tel Aviv Friday demanding that the government outlaw import of meat from those slaughterhouses.