June 6, 2008
After raid, kosher meat in short supply
(Page 2 - Previous Page)The petition calls upon Agriprocessors to treat its workers fairly and abide by all laws pertaining to workers rights and safety. The petition also asks the company to create a transparent monitoring system, open to third-party inspection, "so consumers can have faith that the meat is coming to them in an ethical manner," says Ari Hart, a rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and one of the four founders of Uri L'Tzedek.
The petition states that if these conditions are not met by June 15, those who signed the petition will no longer patronize the company.
Hart says that the petition is not aimed at challenging the kosher system, or hurting any particular supplier.
"We have no interest in hurting the Rubashkin company or in promoting any other company," Hart explains. "We are simply consumers of this meat, and our interest is in having an available supply of kosher meat we are comfortable purchasing."
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