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Slaughterhouse Shocking Story Of Creed Neglect [Hardcover]

Gail Eisnitz
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Jan. 1 1999
With powerful descriptions reminiscent of Upton Sinclair's masterpiece The Jungle, this book takes a shocking, frightening look at where our beef, poultry, and pork are "mass-produced." Photos.

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"As Eisnitz convincingly shows, the meat industry is indifferent to animal suffering, exploitative of its workers, and liable to produce a product that is riddled with dangerous bacteria. Whether you eat meat or not — if you care about humans or animals — this book is a must read."
Peter Singer, Princeton University
Author of In Defense of Animals and Animal Liberation

"This book penetrates the veil of psychic numbing that keeps us oblivious to the real truth behind modern meat. If you want to remain a prisoner of your own ignorance, don't read it. It will make you aware. It will wake you up. It will change your life." ."
John Robbins, Founder of the EarthSave Foundation
Author of Diet for a New America --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Gail A. Eisnitz (San Rafael, CA), winner of the Albert Schweitzer Medal for outstanding achievement in animal welfare, is the chief investigator for the Humane Farming Association. Her work has resulted in exposés by ABC’s Good Morning America, PrimeTime Live, and Dateline NBC, and her interviews have been heard on more than 1,000 radio stations. Her work has been featured in such newspapers as The New York Times, Miami Herald, Detroit Free Press, Texas Monthly, Denver Business Journal, Los Angeles Times, and US News & World Report. Eisnitz was the driving force behind a front-page exposé in The Washington Post documenting slaughterhouse atrocities. The Washington Post reporter later described Eisnitz as "the most courageous investigator I’ve ever seen." The story was one of the highest reader-response pieces ever run by The Washington Post. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All To Real April 6 2004
Format:Hardcover
In 1989, Gail Eisnitz recieved a letter from Timothy Walker, a well known whistleblower. His letter stated that he has first hand knowledge that a slaughterhouse (Kaplan Industries) was skinning live cattle. At first, she didn't know what to believe so she called the USDA. A USDA inspector called her back with the findings: no cattle were being skinned alive at Kaplan.
She decides to contact Walker by phone. When asked how he knew that Kaplan was skinning live cows, he stated that he was a USDA employee. He begins to tell Eisnitz a few more details.
In the US alone, over one hundred and one million pigs are slaughtered each year. Thirty seven million cattle and calves, more than four million horses, goats and sheep and over eight BILLION chickens and turkeys are killed.
Millions of chickens leaking yellow pus, stained green feces, contaminated by harmful bacteria and tumors are shipped for sale to customers.
At a Perdue plant, there is so much fecal contamination on the floor from chickens that it leaked into a workers boots and burned his feet so badly that his toenails had to be amputated. The company won't even allow workers to leave the line to go to the bathroom so they relieve themselves on the floor. Sometimes the chickens that are hung, fall to the floor that is covered with roaches, feces and blood. The chickens that fall aren't even washed off before being hung back up on the line. One worked said that he "saw flies on the chicken as it went down the line and maggots in boxes which contained bags that the chickens would be wrapped in." Occasionally, maggots were ground up with everything else and remained in the final product.
This is disturbing, and it should be. I hope that those who read this book will do something.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
This is a well written unemotional account of conditions and atrocities happening at several, if not all, slaughterhouses. Since USDA seems unable to conduct surprise inspections, one must assume that USDA is in cahoots with the meat industry, surprise surprise. The filthy conditions and working environment in the chicken slaughterhouse is unbelievable, but the information came from so many different sources I DO believe it. I was not a meat eater before reading this book, now I have earmarked pages to show to carnivorous friends when they come to my house. The filthy conditions alone are enough to turn anybody off eating meat, but add to that the incredible cruelty to the animals, specially those described at the hog slaughterhouse, makes one believe the workers at the plants have absolutely no feelings at all. This is so shameful and slaughterhouses should be investigated by somebody other than the USDA.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made a vegetarian out of THIS Texas girl! Dec 9 2003
Format:Hardcover
I was raised on steaks, ribs, burgers, chicken, turkey - you name it. Reading just excerpts of this book made me an instant vegetarian. I cannot imagine anyone, no matter how big a meat eater they are, reading this book and being able to continue to eat any form of meat. The unthinkable, unimaginable is done to animals in slaughterhouses, and people need to educate themselves about it. Not only the atrocities done to the animals, but also the outrageously contaminated food we are putting in our bodies. That alone, minus the animal suffering issue, would make a vegetarian out of any sound minded individual. You will find all you ever needed to know and probably more than you ever wanted to know about the slaughterhouse industry and slaughterhouse food contamination in this book! This book will arm you with the information you need in order to take a stand against the greed-driven slaughterhouse industry that could care less about YOUR health and well-being! I highly recommend it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Red pill or blue pill? April 24 2011
Format:Paperback
In the movie The Matrix, taking the red pill meant you will learn what's really going on in this world. Taking the blue pill meant you go back to your ignorant but happy life. Reading this book is like taking the red pill. You can't unlearn this. The main takeaway points for me are:

1) A shockingly high percentage of cows and pigs are fully conscious as they have their throat slit, skin peeled off their head, legs cut off, tail cut off, scalded, etc. The cows scream, try climbing the wall, flail around, and one employee said he saw cow tears. On page 130 it says 25% - 30% of the cows are butchered alive according to one plant employee. Many employees say that this happens in slaughterhouses across the country. This happens because the bolt guns are not pressurized enough, or the bolt is too small, or the employee misses, or because the line is moving too fast. Some employees said when they get behind they hang live cows on the line without shooting them in the head first. Cows have been seen 7 - 9 minutes down the line still breathing and mooing.

2) When a pig or cow gets caught in a truck, ramp, gate, or wherever, the solution is to just saw the leg off without killing the animal first. Helping the animal humanely takes too much time.

3) When a pig is frozen to the side of a truck but still alive, they just rip the pig off leaving a chunk of skin on the truck. They might even pull a leg out. Breaking bones, stabbing the eyes, electric prodding anuses/mouthes/eyes of animals, beating with metal pipes, leaving sick or disabled animals to starve or freeze to death, etc. is normal everyday practice at all slaughterhouses.

4) Poultry is not covered by the Humane Slaughter Act.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great buy, thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awakening
Everyone whether they eat meat or not should know what really goes on in this industry and how it affects the animals, environment and our own health. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Tresca
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read for Anyone Who Eats Meat
This book gives you the power of information and opens the doorway to making your own choices and thinking for yourself. Read more
Published 23 months ago
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye-opener
I am only halfway through the book and it is an absolute eye-opener. One cannot read this book for hours on end as it is very graphic and highly disturbing. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2011 by Mich76RN
5.0 out of 5 stars Gail A. Eisnitz is a Modern Day Heroine
Gail A. Eisnitz is one of the bravest, brighest lights on this planet. I recently had the privilige of meeting and interviewing her and was immensely impressed and inspired by her... Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by Suza Francina
4.0 out of 5 stars Literally - clean your plate!
Ms.Eisnitz has convinved me that the principals that drive successful businesses are at work in our food supply to nefarious ends. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars disturbing
the most vivid and readable account of slaughterhouse practices you're likely to find. instead of relying on numb statistics, the author puts a face on your food, and on the men... Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2003 by Josh J. Gubser
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to ignore
I've read this book from front to back, and although it took me several weeks (the gruesome pictures I had in my mind were hard to swallow) I'm glad I did. Read more
Published on July 28 2003 by Adam Chen
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opening
Slaughterhouse reads like a novel. It is captivating and dramatic! I first read it 2 years ago and it confirmed to me in so many ways why I became a vegetarian. Read more
Published on July 21 2003 by Michelle Langley
5.0 out of 5 stars A painful but necessary eye-opener.
I highly recommend Slaughterhouse to anyone who is brave enough to discover how animals become meat. Read more
Published on June 12 2003
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