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On November 30, 2004, The New York Times broke the story of what it called "grisly" animal abuse at the world's largest glatt kosher slaughterhouse, AgriProcessors Inc. The story, based on a disturbing undercover investigation, received wide coverage in the mainstream media and remains the biggest scandal in the kosher meat industry in recent memory. For many in the Jewish community, the seriousness of these abuses and kosher authorities' failure to denounce them have raised fundamental questions about the consumption of meat. This video takes on those questions.

'To be a vegetarian is to disagree—to disagree with the course of things today … starvation, cruelty—we must make a statement against these things. Vegetarianism is my statement. And I think it’s a strong one.'
—Isaac Bachevis Singer, Yiddish writer and Nobel laureateNarrator Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of Everything Is Illuminated, which won the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction and The Guardian's First Book Award and is the basis for a feature film starring Elijah Wood. His second novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, has been hailed by Salman Rushdie as "ambitious, pyrotechnic, riddling, and above all … extremely moving," and Warner Bros. and Paramount have jointly acquired movie rights to it. His works have been translated into more than 30 languages worldwide. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

“If This Is Kosher …” is narrated by Jonathan Safran Foer and features Rabbi Irving ‘Yitz’ Greenberg and Rabbi David Wolpe.

Order a DVD copy of Jonathan Safran Foer’s "If This Is Kosher …". Additional information about Judaism and vegetarianism can be found at

Special thanks to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Animal Liberation Israel, and for supplying undercover video footage for this project.

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