It's been years since I first watched the famous undercover Peta video portraying a botched "kosher" slaughter at the Rubashkin's agriprocessors facility. The clip depicts workers not only being cruel and sloppy in their treatment of animals but also shows them conducting a halachikly forbidden act called na'a'nua. Na'a'nua is preformed by violently tugging on the trachea of an animal in order to pull free adhesion in the lung so that they will not be found during a later inspection. This practice makes properly checking the lungs impossible and is strictly forbidden under Jewish law and doing such painful thing to a live and conscious animal makes this act of kosher fraud all the more heinous and despicable.
When I saw these horrifying scenes I didn't think that I could eat kosher meat again, but I also knew that there must be more to the story of kosher slaughter than what the video had shown. In the years since then I've worked hard to see the world beyond that video and while I'm thankful that Peta raised awareness by publishing the tape, today the world needs a different kind of movie to raise awareness. Too many YouTube videos depicting kosher slaughter are the product of animal rights activists and anti-Semites that paint an incomplete, one dimensional and inaccurate picture of our practice. This is why I've decided to start my own YouTube channel titled Kosher Slaughter Educator. I'm currently producing a series of engaging and informative videos that will seek to teach people about kosher slaughter and encourage a respectful and nuanced debate on the matter. I will meticulously walk viewers through all aspects of shechita by performing live demonstrations of slaughter and processing and will conduct interviews of important personalities, share recipes, explore animal welfare and even teach you how to kasher your own meat at home.
These videos will provide both Jews and Gentiles an in depth look into the world of kosher meat heretofore completely unavailable to the general public. I believe that encouraging an atmosphere of transparency an openness about shechita will not only get more Jews interested in kashrut but will also be a great vehicle to demonstrate to the world at large why our practice is an effective and ethical form of butchery. I recently made up a short commercial for my YouTube channel which you can watch below. If you enjoy the clip and want to keep up to date on new videos just click the subscribe button at the end of the video. Another great way to stay informed is to sign up for my blog, which I will be posting all my future videos to.
About the blog:
Welcome to The Kosher Omnivore's Quest! My old blog on kosher slaughter, kosher meat, and animal welfare. For new content check out my new website, The Kosher Cut™. There you'll find: blog posts about shechita and related topics, educational slaughter presentations, kosher slaughter training, and a selection of high quality professional kosher slaughter equipment.