Tnuva Food Industries Ltd. will pay NIS 2.7 million to non-profit animal welfare organizations in Israel, and will contribute NIS 1.5 million worth of food products to poor people through the Latet non-profit organization, so that the class action suit filed against it for conditions at the abattoir at its Adom Adom (Tnuva Bakar) meat subsidiary will be withdrawn. These are the conditions of the compromise settlement reached by Tnuva subsidiary Adom Adom with Ruth Kalian and Perach Amsaleg, who filed the class action suit charging abuse of lambs and calves at Tnuva's Adom Adom plant. A television broadcast of the conditions two and a half years ago shocked Israel.
The compromise, which was reached following a mediation by former Supreme Court Chief Justice Meir Shamgar, also requires Tnuva to pay each of the claimants NIS 60,000 and NIS 420,000 in legal fees to their legal representatives: Advocates Hani Tannos, Aviad Amzaleg, Yohi Geva, and Tal Rechnitz.
In the notifying the Jerusalem District Court of the settlement for the purpose of having it made a legal judgment, the parties announced that they preferred an agreed settlement to lengthy legal proceedings. "The compromise settlement does not completely satisfy the wishes of the parties requesting approval, but it promotes the main public goal they sought and the public welfare," the parties wrote.
They also said that after the December 2012 "Adom Adom" television broadcast on the Kolbotek program, Tnuva had taken steps to avoid the occurrence of cases similar to those documented in the program, including firing the plant manager and additional employees, and investing money in improving conditions for the animals.
The lawsuit was sparked by the clandestinely filmed record of events at the Adom Adom abattoir in Beit She'an shown on Kolbotek.
Anonymous for Animal Rights activist and journalist Ronen Bar got a job at the plant, and used a hidden camera to documents the abuse of calves and lambs. The investigation documented the systematic and open abuse, which violated law, regulations, and standards for treatments of animals.
Among other things, employees were filmed using electric cattle prods to give animals electric shocks, beating animals, standing on them, dragging them with a forklift, etc.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on April 5, 2015
© Copyright of Globes Publisher Itonut (1983) Ltd. 2015