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Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U. S. Meat Industry
     

Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U. S. Meat Industry

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by Gail A. Eisnitz
 

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ISBN-10: 1591024501

ISBN-13: 9781591024507

Pub. Date: 11/28/2006

Publisher: Prometheus Books

Slaughterhouse is the first book of its kind to explore the impact that unprecedented changes in the meatpacking industry over the last twenty-five years — particularly industry consolidation, increased line speeds, and deregulation — have had on workers, animals, and consumers. It is also the first time ever that workers have spoken publicly about what

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Slaughterhouse is the first book of its kind to explore the impact that unprecedented changes in the meatpacking industry over the last twenty-five years — particularly industry consolidation, increased line speeds, and deregulation — have had on workers, animals, and consumers. It is also the first time ever that workers have spoken publicly about what’s really taking place behind the closed doors of America’s slaughterhouses.
In this new paperback edition, author Gail A. Eisnitz brings the story up to date since the book’s original publication. She describes the ongoing efforts by the Humane Farming Association to improve conditions in the meatpacking industry, media exposés that have prompted reforms resulting in multimillion dollar appropriations by Congress to try to enforce federal inspection laws, and a favorable decision by the Supreme Court to block construction of what was slated to be one of the largest hog factory farms in the country.
Nonetheless, Eisnitz makes it clear that abuses continue and much work still needs to be done

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591024507
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
1
Sales rank:
267,194
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments............................................................9
Part One: Opening the Slaughterhouse Door Prologue...................................................................13
1. One Man's Cry for Help..................................................17
2. Will We Get Out of Here Alive?..........................................27
3. The Darkest Place in the Universe.......................................35
4. "Mommy, Am I Going to Die?".............................................49
5. The Fall Guy............................................................57
Part Two: The Stickers' Confessions 6. The Man with the Scar...................................................61
7. Pangs of Conscience.....................................................79
8. Blood-Red and Frozen....................................................97
Part Three: The "Slaughterhouse Eight" 9. Beyond the Law..........................................................109
10. Slunks, Haulers, and "Too-Dead" Cows...................................117
11. A Trip to the State Pen................................................135
12. A Sixty-Minute Investigation...........................................147
Part Four: USDA Deregulates: Full Line Speeds Ahead 13. A Pandora's Box of Pathogens...........................................155
14. The USDA's Sacred Cow..................................................179
15. This Little Piggy Dragged to Market....................................187
16. Veterinary Turncoats...................................................203
17. TheThumper............................................................213
18. The Guardian Angel.....................................................221
19. The Secretary of Agriculture Erects a Smokescreen......................225
Part Five: Friends in High Places 20. Almost Dying for a Cause...............................................233
21. In Bed with a Bird.....................................................239
22. The Lesson.............................................................251
Part Six: A Debased Side of Human Nature 23. America's Premier Hog Kill.............................................259
24. An Army of Walking Wounded.............................................269
25. Piercing the Veil of Secrecy...........................................277
26. HACCP: A Trojan Horse for Deregulation.................................283
27. Education and Empowerment..............................................289
Afterword: Violations at America's Largest Meat Packer.....................295
Glossary...................................................................313
Index......................................................................321

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Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U. S. Meat Industry 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
jennyGA More than 1 year ago
Ms. Eisnitz has written a very important book. Her work details several components of our slaughterhouses: horrible abuse of animals; unimaginable conditions for workers; lack of independent inspections; and, the totally unsafe food products that come from these places. Everyone should read this book and pass it on to whomever you can.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is cataloged in the politics section, not the vast food section. The reason being is it has as much to do with the failure of the USDA to enforce consumer and worker saftey laws as it has to do with the very real torture of sentinent mammals and fowl in slaughter/packing houses across the country.
ireadCindy More than 1 year ago
THis book is real. It's not just some self-indulging study. It's informational without just rifling off facts and studies. IT's real life and is told in a way that helps you understand the research process-a little behind the scenes. I can't believe how I ate meat for years oblivious to what is going on. The author's plight is mostly for the animals, however, there are huge health reasons for eating meat-free diets. I found this book from reading Skinny Bi*ch ( a great read if you're not easily offended).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I grew up in a different country and I do not agree with the way animals are tortured in this country. Because of animal cruelty I have not eaten meat since I moved here. I do miss it, but because of health risk and issues with the slaughterhouses I'll stay away from meat. This book is a must read. It'll really open your eyes on how horrible and disgusting the meat industry is
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the short description about the book and I decided I had to buy the book. I love meat, I probably eat it atleast 3-4 times a week, and hearing some of these things are just disgusting! I think anyone that eats meat should know the things that go on behind locked doors. I'm sure everyone knows how bad hotdogs are but what about your twenty dollar steaks... I'm going to school to be a conservation officer but my first dream job was to be a cruelty cop since there is soo much of that going around but in my area there isn't enough people or animals to investigate. I cried to some parts I even had a dream after reading it was a little weird but thank you for writing a book on this and I hope it gets out to more people and these incidents stop happening.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Make the connection between compassion and the lack of it in the way we treat animals. This book helps bridge that gap.
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This really is attention grabbing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Plain and simple, everyone needs to read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I challenge every person in the u.s. better yet..world to read this and see if they still eat meat. I don't. Everyone should be aware of these conditions and cruelty that is going on in the meat industry. STOP BEING BLIND AND REALIZE WHAT THE ANIMALS AND WORKERS WENT THROUGH BEFORE YOU TAKE A BITE OF THAT MEAT!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Its hard to read some of the examples of animal slaughter, but its also necessary to understand and elevate animal welfare laws. Very helpful read for those interested in animal welfare and/or vegetarianism.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"UUGDDD"