Playing chicken with the law

04.05.2011                      30.Nisan, 5771                      Rosch Hodesch 1; Tag 15 des Omer

Tierschutzgesetz:

Playing chicken with the law

The Animal Welfare Law was passed 17 years ago, but the Agriculture Ministry, which also represents farmers, has done little to enforce it. Now the environment minister is petitioning to take over protecting friends both furry and flavorful.

A particularly cruel death is meted out to 11,000 baby chicks each day in Israel: They are thrown live into a machine that crushes and tears them apart. Four million male chicks are put to death every year by this method, which is carried out under the complete protection of the law, for the simple crime of not being able to lay eggs.
The regulations governing the slaughter of animals in Israel – which are supposed to ban the destruction of baby chicks by this method – were prepared by the Agriculture Ministry and passed by the Knesset in 2002, eight years after the 1994 Animal Welfare Law was passed….