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

Gail A. Eisnitz

Language: English

Pages: 328

ISBN: 1591024501

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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

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Basic incompetence among the stun operators,” Vladak said. “One guy would set the stunner on the hog's back, then instead of holding the wand down for the three-second stun, he'd let it go and watch it ride up the hog's back and shock the hog. He enjoyed watching the hog jump in the air when it was shocked. He liked to watch them flip up. He did this a lot until one time the hog jumped up and the wand fell off and zapped him. Then he decided he'd better stop doing it.” Vladak explained that,.

Administrative appeal, offered Walker an impressive package to settle his case out-of-court. Not only would they rehire Walker and expunge all records of his termination, but they would give him a retroactive promotion, back pay, vacation and sick time, and relocation expenses. Walker wanted to fight on to expose slaughterhouse conditions, but GAP was understandably thrilled with the victory. Walker—who, since being fired by the USDA, had been shunned by all prospective employers—accepted the.

Restitution and serve a six-month jail term. He also admitted in a Washington Post cover story to having faked his resumé and altered his academic record to mask time spent in jail for a 1973 burglarly conviction. (The Washington Post, June 13, 1998, p. C7; The Washington Post, June 17, 1999, p. B2.) John Morrell's slaughterhouses in Iowa and South Dakota were purchased by Smithfield Foods, Inc., a huge agribusiness conglomerate headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia and now the country's.

Employees living there. Gertrude Schneider had a one-bedroom cabin in her backyard in which twelve Mexican workers lived. These bare facts suggest a typical immigrant-laborer exploitation scene, but Gertrude herself did not. “I love my boys,” she said. “I take care of them best I can. They're my life.” She agreed to vouch for me with her “boys” when they came home that night. I made an appointment to meet my translator later, went to find something to eat, then sat in my car in the dark.

Called District Veterinary Medical Specialists (DVMSs), who were stationed in field offices where they had no direct oversight over slaughter practices. While they may travel to slaughterhouses periodically, these DVMSs encounter the same impediments—workers using handheld radios, code words, and whistles to alert employees that USDA personnel are entering the vicinity—that in-plant veterinarians and inspectors do in observing true slaughter conditions. Amazingly, the GAO report concluded that as.

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