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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