Following an expose on Channel 2's investigative show Kolbotek last week about food giant Tnuva's deplorable animal treatment at its slaughterhouse, Australian animal rights groups have begun calling for a halt to meat exports to Israel.
Australian TV network ABC aired the Kolbotek special on Tnuva's slaughterhouse, the most advanced facility in Israel and producer of the company's flagship beef product label Adom-Adom. In the investigative report a hidden camera was placed in the facility, and collected footage of workers using electric cattle prods repeatedly to move the cattle around, sometimes appearing to derive pleasure just from electrocuting the animals.
Dr. Bidda Jones, a senior veterinarian at Australian animal right's organization RSPCA, said that the exposé's footage showed a severe case of animal cruelty and violated the standards set by global animal health organization OIE, to which Israel had vowed to comply.
"The workers are deliberately inflicting pain on injured animals in order to get them to move," she said in the report. "If this facility was in Australia the community would expect government to shut it down."
The Agriculture Ministry and Israel Police have opened an investigation into the slaughterhouse's practices.
A representative from Tnuva's Adom-Adom released a statement: "We regret the incident, which does not represent the company's vision or values."