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5.0 out of 5 stars Corruption and cruelty of factory slaughterhouses exposed, June 7, 2000
This review is from: Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect and Inhumane Treatment Inside Th U.S. Meat Industry (Hardcover)
Ms. Eisnitz is frank and candid in her exposure of the uglier side of factory farming. Slaughter of live animals is never pretty, but in many of the USDA supervised plants, the conditions are unbelievably cruel and digustingly filthy. The workers are exploited, placed in harm's way, and are treated little better than the animals they have to process. The animals themselves meet terribly slow deaths when stun bolts fail and stick pit knives don't cut deep enough to allow them to bleed to death before skinning and gutting. And if the cruelty isn't enough to grab you, wait until you read about the offal blocked drains that flood slaughterhouse floors with blood and fecal material. Wait until you read about manure being classified as a "cosmetic defect" that can simply be rinsed off and the meat passed off as USDA select to an unsuspecting public. This book will turn your stomach and make you angry.
You have probably already read many of the reviews and a majority of them come from vegans and vegetarians. Well, I'm not one of them. I raise meat animals and I eat meat. This book is important to me because I believe that Americans have a right to eat meat and not worry about it killing them with E. coli or Clostridia infections. I believe Americans should be able to believe that the USDA seal means the meat is safe and was killed in a humane fashion. Right now the American meat eating public is being betrayed by the USDA and "Slaughterhouse" details this with painstaking research and first-hand accounts.
"Slaughterhouse" is graphic and readers should expect it to be disturbing. But it is also very, very accurate. I've toured several slaughterhouses myself and found conditions similar to what Ms. Eisnitz has described. The USDA needs to step up enforcement of the Humane Slaughter Act, they need to POLICE the industry they oversee, not just sit idly by.
In short, this book might not make you a vegetarian, but it WILL make you an activist.
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Initial post: Jan 11, 2010 10:07:55 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 11, 2010 10:08:30 AM PST
MyraMaya says:
Good review. While I am a vegetarian, my parents are omnivores and so is the vast majority of my friends. I worry about them; as you said, a meat eater shouldn't have to worry about being poisoned by their own dinner. I respect someone's decision to eat meat, and the safety of America's food supply must become a priority, not an afterthought.

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 12:31:25 PM PST
M.A. Wight says:
Wow, an intelligent review from a person who's not a vegetarian! Most omnivores just want to defend their right to eat meat and not look at the horrible conditions
a lot of factories maintain. Your review actually makes me want to buy the book. If you believe the author's accounts, and have seen this type of horrific abuse, why can't something be done to fix it? Thanks for a great review.

Posted on May 6, 2011 12:29:54 PM PDT
How can I reach you? I have stopped eating meat because of the inhumane conditions without even having to read this or any book. I want to know where and how to purchase meat like that you raise.

Posted on May 6, 2011 12:54:24 PM PDT
How can I reach you? I have stopped eating meat because of the inhumane conditions without even having to read this or any book. I want to know where and how to purchase meat like that you raise.
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