Rabbi Genack: No More OU Shechitah With ‘Shackle and Hoist’

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The Orthodox Union has told its approved beef purveyors in South America to stop using a certain slaughter method, JTA reports.

The OU sent a letter to its meat purveyors in June notifying them that it would no longer accept meat slaughtered using the “shackle and hoist” method, said Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO of the organization’s kashrus division.

With shackle and hoist, the animal is lifted into the air by its legs and then turned onto the ground before being shechted. Rabbi Genack told JTA that he expects that all slaughterhouses certified by the OU will stop the practice by the end of September.

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  1. The article doesn’t explain why this is being discontinued. Is it because it’s better for the process, better for the safety of the shochet, is it because of hiddur, animal rights activists or ??? How long has this practice been the procedure?
    Please explain! Most of the readership is clueless!

  2. To spare the animal anxiety? Its disoriented by the lifting, less dangerous to the shochet, and easier to get a neat, clean cut. I’d say it would be preferable to frequently check sakkin (by a mukheh) and also observe if the shochet is battling – not uncommon at all, especially in Bayt Yosef shechitah systems.
    As far as animal anxiety, most animals go stir-crazy when they even smell blood and hear animal groaning from a distance. The hoisting disorients them and at least mitigates their tza’ar. I’ve known no instance where competent hoisting can cause bone or organ complications that results in terefah.

  3. THIS IS A CORRECT MOVE THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE LONG AGO. REASON IS BECAUSE IT CREATES UNNECESSARY TZAAR BALEI CHAYIM WHICH ACCORDING TO MOST RISHONIM –IS ASSUR MIN HATORAH….
    THERE IS THE CONVENTIONAL BOX METHOD WHERE THE ANIMAL GOES INTO AN ENCLOSURE THAT FORCES HIM TO STICK HIS HEAD OUT OF THE BOX WHERE THE SHECHITAH IS DONE-… UNDER THIS METHOD THE ANIMAL IS ON THE FLOOR THE WHOLE TIME AND THE HOISTING IS ONLY DONE AFTER THE SCHECHITA WHEN THE ANIMAL HAS NO FEELINGS AND HENCE NO TZAAR…..
    IN MOST SCHECHITAS TODAY THE ABOVE IS THE PREFERRED METHOD USED.
    FROM SOMEONE WHO WAS A MASHGIACH AT A KOSHER SLAUGHTER

  4. Realistically all modern slaughterhouse schechita is questionable compared to the occasional thing done on open field in olden days. Nobody could think the animal is THAT dense that it doesn’t know what’s about to happen and be inclined to fight or flight. Meat was NOT an everyday thing.

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