- Hardcover: 310 pages
- Publisher: Prometheus Books (December 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1573921661
- ISBN-13: 978-1573921664
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 204 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry Hardcover – December 1, 1997
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I, like most people, grew up eating meat and dairy and thought nothing of it. But, my SO, mother, and I had started making a shift toward more plant-based eating a few months before I heard of this book, and this just pushed me further into incorporating more plant based and vegan foods into my diet, than ever before. My body can no longer tolerate more than small amounts of dairy, and I eat very little meat nowadays, and only if there's very limited vegetarian choices available (at certain restaurants, social events, etc).
My heart truly hurt for the poor animals who live miserable existences, only to die such a violent death. No living being deserves to suffer the way they do. My God, some of the things that workers described brought me close to tears. And the filth, grime, and diseases that run rampant is enough to turn anyone off meat. I was also one of those who thought all workers in these factory farms were monsters, but very few of them actually take any pleasure in what they do. Many of them act this way because of supervisor's orders, and poor oversight from government agencies. Workers constantly facing the threat of losing their job if they don't keep the line moving, having a high rate of bodily injury, denied bathroom breaks, cast aside once they're of no more use to the industry, just like the animals.
Much kudos to Ms. Eisnitz for her perseverance and determination in exposing the truth, and even putting her own health on the line. We need more people like her, who aren't just content to sit around and wait for things to happen, but to make change happen. This book is so well-written that it almost reads like a novel, and keeps you turning the pages. She also speaks much of her own experiences during this time.
Recommend this book for anyone who eats, period. But especially those who frequently eat meat, cares about where their food comes from, who loves animals, and those who support worker rights. If you really must eat meat, do your research make sure you know where it comes from. Don't just blindly trust the USDA and FDA to do what's right...for animal welfare, for the environment, and most importantly, for your own health. Always remember, cheap meat comes with a heavy price to pay.
USDA: United States Death Agency or United States Disease Apathy. Take your pick. Either way, an absolute disgrace, blight, and embarrassment to all Americans.
While I can't stand when folks review before having completed a book, I believe someone may benefit from my review.
I don't watch horror movies, I mute or change channels when I see graphic violence and TV commercials, so I'd say that I'm somewhat sensitive to graphic violence.
However, I think for many, reading this book is in no way for the faint at heart. I've tried to read the book myself, and just couldn't get through the horrendous accounts from VERY early on in the book. So I tried reading with a friend, just a few pages a day. I still couldn't handle it and asked them to keep the gory bits to thyself! The problem with that however, is that it's obviously a key part of the book.
Ultimately, I was looking for a nudge to solidify my conviction to remove meat from my diet (growing more skeptical of even grassfed,'well-treated' animals). I get it. I used to buy boutique burgers at local, organic restaurants...won't be doing that anymore!
I wish i knew of a book that addresses this subject in a more G-rated format. To this book's credit, she forewarns that the content is "shocking", so perhaps I was naive. The book also [indirectly] address the impact such practices have on the US social fabric, from the top down. For instance, the author talks about how one has to be a 'certain type of person' to even be able to work in such an environment.
I live in a community where there are many refugees and they often staff many of the chicken houses throughout the state. There are even vans that come to collect them for the factories. I realize that the author isn't making judgments based on social demographics, but I did get the sense after what I've read of this book, the slaughterhouse psyche (or lack thereof) likely contributes to the social ills of our society in the same way that glorified violence does.
And that that element alone, disregard for life, harmony and peace, at a very basic level, greatly contributes to the poor state of nutrition and overall health in this country.