Make CEOs Responsible for Animal Abuse in Israel

Target: Israeli Knesset member, MK Dov Khenin

Goal: Support new laws in Israel that would hold CEOs accountable for animal abuse

Dov Khenin, a member of the Israeli Knesset, recently proposed two bills that would hold CEO’s accountable for how animals are treated in their factories and businesses. No such laws currently exist anywhere. Taking away immunity from business owners could dramatically improve living conditions and welfare for animals in factory farms and these laws deserve our support.

Khenin’s proposal came after a local news channel broke a story about the mistreatment of animals at the Zoglovek meat company. At the factory, chickens were shaken until they fell on a conveyor belt that carried them to be slaughtered. Many of the birds were then killed by being torn apart. “We saw how a factory treats living creatures like raw material, and neglects their basic welfare,” Kenin said. Similar abuse was uncovered at another slaughterhouse earlier in the year and only managers were held accountable.

The first bill will allow corporations and their directors to be charged with neglect or abuse if animals suffer unnecessary harm. The second bill is an extension of the first, making it illegal to mislead consumers about how animals are treated in their factories. This refers to the labeling of meat products as kosher, and those companies who fail to improve their welfare standards will have their certifications taken away. Fear of being stripped of their certification would be a powerful incentive for companies because non-kosher meat is sold at a lower price and would result in significant profit loss.

Knenin’s bills have already received a great deal of support from other Knesset members as well as the Rabbinate council. Chief Ashkenazic Rabbi David Lau made a statement saying, “Such awful sights should not be seen in Israel’s food industry. The Torah commands us to show compassion to every living thing, and to spare them pain whenever possible – even regarding animals that are to be slaughtered.”

Please sign the petition below to support these bills, which will hopefully influence countries around the world and hold business owners responsible for the circumstances they allow.


Dear MK Dov Khenin,

Following the discovery of horrifying cruelty at the Zoglovek meat company, you recently proposed two bills that would hold corporations and their directors responsible for the abuse and neglect that occurs at their workplaces. These would be the first laws of their kind and act as powerful legal and financial incentives for factories to improve animal welfare conditions.

Thank you for making sure that animals have the protection and consideration they deserve. I hope both of your bills are passed into law and the rest of the world takes notices so that the welfare of these lives can one day take precedence.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. renee jeanine ragno says:

    They, if there are shareholders, the board and the people that work for them should all be held responsible. If you see, know, hear what’s going on and don’t do something you’re worse than those who commit such heinous, cowardly, dishonorable, unethical acts. What’s happening to people?

  2. Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez says:

    I strongly support any bill that stops the cruelty and torture that is going on in this factories and companies. No animal deserves to be treated this way. This is totally unethical,inhumane and barbaric.

  3. Lynn Juozilaitis says:

    It’s getting to the point where I have more respect, trust and admiration for animals than I do people.

  4. Linda Peterson says:

    These people need to be held responsible for their actions. No living creature should be tortured and it needs to stop. It always is about the money and not about the precious lives.

  5. Steven Hanley says:

    As I have said before, we need hit squads to go after the evil barbaric human scum and butcher them.
    These bastards make me feel ashamed to be human – the worst species ever to have evolved.

  6. Kosher slaughter is more barbaric and cruel than anything. No pre-stunning allowed. Dull machetes hacking at their throats while the poor animals scream and flail around in unfathomable pain for an illegal amount of time…illegal for regular slaughter, but kosher and halal is immune from torturing the animals for religious doctrines, so are free to let them die violently and horribly. I am all for CEO’s bearing responsibility. The suits pushing pencils don’t care what goes on in the kill floor as long as they are making money. It would be nice if Jewish leaders would once and for all at least allow prestunning. I don’t see how prestunning would damn anyone to hell. Halal sometimes will prestun, but Muslims don’t strike me as having much empathy for anything.

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