Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect and Inhumane Treatment inside Th U.S. Meat Industry / Edition 1

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What started out, with a single complaint about a Florida slaughterhouse turned into a tale of intrigue and suspense as investigator Gail A. Eisnitz unearthed more startling information about the meat and poultry Americans consume. This shocking story follows Eisnitz as she becomes submerged in a slaughterhouse subculture, venturing deeper and deeper into the lives of the workers. As the stakes become higher in her David-and-Goliath-type battle, this determined young woman finds herself courageously taking on one of America's most powerful industries. Slaughterhouse takes readers on a frightening but true journey from one slaughterhouse to another throughout the country. Along the way we encounter example after example of mistreated animals...intolerable working conditions...lax standards...the slow, painful deaths of children killed as a result of eating contaminated meat...the author's battle with the major television networks...and a dangerously corrupt federal agency that chooses to do nothing rather than risk the wrath of agribusiness...before the whole affair is blown wide open in this powerful expose. In an effort to understand how such rampant violations could occur right under the noses of U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspectors - the individuals charged with enforcing humane regulations in slaughterhouses - Eisnitz examines the inspectors' track record for enforcing meat and poultry safety regulations, their primary responsibility. Following a long paper trail, she learns that contaminated meat and poultry are pouring out of federally inspected slaughterhouses and, not surprisingly, deaths from foodborne illness have quadrupled in the United States in the last fifteen years. Determined to tell the whole story, Eisnitz then examines the physical price paid by employees working in one of America's most dangerous industries. In addition to suffering disfiguring injuries and crippling repetitive motion disorders, employees describe tyrannical wo
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Eisnitz, chief investigator for the Humane Farming Association, reveals the link between unenforced slaughterhouse regulations and the increase in deaths from foodborne illness in the US, and interviews workers to shed light on their tyrannical working conditions and their problems with injuries, repetitive motion disorders, and alcoholism. Includes b&w photos. For general readers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573921664
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.06 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2004

    This book will break your heart and change your life!

    This book about the torture that animals suffer at the hands of slaughterhouse workers, in order to provide us with meat, entertainment, and serve as the subjects of medical experimentation will break your heart, but it must be read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2001

    What really goes on

    This book is very insightful to tell the tale of the very horrifying treatment animals recieve before being put to death. I will never eat meat again after hearing what really goes on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2000

    I will NEVER eat meat again

    The most eye opening book I have ever read! This should mandatory reading in every school! If the beef industry thought Oprah was a threat they must be shaking in their cowboy boots now! I couldn't stop reading once I started!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2000

    Something People Should Know

    This book is not pleasant reading. It exposes corruption and sadism in slaughterhouses so severe that everyone should be aware of what is going on behind slaughterhouse walls. It is far worse than you can possibly imagine. Pigs regularly scalded to death or beaten to death with lead pipes, limbs chopped off and skin peeled off of cows fully alive and conscious, electric prods stuck into the eyes of animals, workers mutilated, and unsanitary conditions rife with disease--ghastly stuff, all illegal, and all business as usual every day at slaughterhouses. Find out the truth behind what we're paying for. Read this book.

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