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5.0 von 5 Sternen Corruption and cruelty of factory slaughterhouses exposed
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...
Veröffentlicht am 7. Juni 2000 von blackhorseranch

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2.0 von 5 Sternen It's not that simple.
I give the book a couple of stars because I believe that free speech no matter how misguided allow better debate in a free society. Ms. Eisnitz research does turn up the bad in the food industry with regard to meat production, processing and distribution, however; she paints the whole industry with the taint of the worst offenders. Also, she either has not studied the...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Corruption and cruelty of factory slaughterhouses exposed, 7. Juni 2000
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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4.0 von 5 Sternen Slaughterhouse, 19. Juni 2000
Slaughterhouse explodes the popular image of obscure factories that turn dumb livestock into sterile, cellophane-wrapped food in the meat display case. The testimony of dozens of slaughterhouse workers and USDA inspectors pulls the curtain on abominable hellholes, where the last minutes of innocent, feeling, intelligent horses, cows, pigs, and chickens are turned into interminable agony.
The agony starts when the animals are hauled over long distances under extreme crowding and harsh temperatures. And if the animals refuse to wait quietly to ther deaths. Some will beat the animals with a lead pipe. It's really scary and thrilling, somehow disturbing though.
You will realize that safety is a major problem for workers who operate sharp instruments standing on a floor slippery with blood and gore, surrounded by conscious animals kicking for their lives, and pressed by a speeding slaughter line. Yes, indeed it's the most hazardous job in America.
So Slaughterhouse mainly focuses on animal cruelty and worker safety, but it also addresses the issues of consumer health, one of them is E. Coli (Escherichia Coli, causes infections including meningitis, septicaemia, urinary tract infections and intestinal infections etc).
We just don't know how animals suffer from cruelty and now we've to be brave enough to face the reality. The closing statement just make me in awe "now you know, and you can help end these atrocities". Let's applaud Gail for having the compassion. Appaling, informative and insightful. It's certainly a real eye-opener. This just make us concern about slaughthouses in our own countries, maybe these are happening to us too, who knows.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Slaughterhouse, 16. Juni 2000
Slaughterhouse explodes the popular image of obscure factories that turn dumb livestock into sterile, cellophane-wrapped food in the meat display case. The testimony of dozens of slaughterhouse workers and USDA inspectors pulls the curtain on abominable hellholes, where the last minutes of innocent, feeling, intelligent horses, cows, pigs, and chickens are turned into interminable agony.
The agony starts when the animals are hauled over long distances under extreme crowding and harsh temperatures. And if the animals refuse to wait quietly to ther deaths. Some will beat the animals with a lead pipe. It's really scary and thrilling, somehow disturbing though.
You will realize that safety is a major problem for workers who operate sharp instruments standing on a floor slippery with blood and gore, surrounded by conscious animals kicking for their lives, and pressed by a speeding slaughter line. Yes, indeed it's the most hazardous job in America.
So Slaughterhouse mainly focuses on animal cruelty and worker safety, but it also addresses the issues of consumer health, one of them is E. Coli (Escherichia Coli, causes infections including meningitis, septicaemia, urinary tract infections and intestinal infections etc).
We just don't know how animals suffer from cruelty and now we've to be brave enough to face the reality. The closing statement just make me in awe "now you know, and you can help end these atrocities". Let's applaud Gail for having the compassion. Appaling, informative and insightful. It's certainly a real eye-opener. This just make us concern about slaughthouses in our own countries, maybe these are happening to us too, who knows.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Shocking, 19. Juni 2000
Von Ein Kunde
The beginning of this book was a little boring, but i had togive it 5 stars because from the middle of the book to the end was 10stars. Plus the author almost died trying the write this book to inform the American public because the media thought it was "too vigor"
Not only obviously extreme cruelty to animals, but has lots of interviews with slaughterhouse workers about their injuries and watching workers die on the job...35% of all workers get seriously injured....hundreds die as increased line speeds lead to increase cruelty, injuries, and meat contamination with feces, rat ( ), etc. Workers get few breaks and thus ( ) on the floor... also has a part about 1 company violating Clean Water Acts hundreds of thousands of times by dumping animal feces into the rivers contaminating the drinking water with e-coli, salmonella. Worse of all, the meat inspectors are now run by the company and not the federal government...how can they do this when line speeds have increased 40% and less workers are "needed." END
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Shh, No One's Supposed to Know, 23. November 1999
Since the days of Upton Sinclair the name of the game in the meatpacking industry has been profit through volume. During the New Deal unionized workers won gains in areas such as wages, hours,and in working conditions. Men like Frank Ellis fought to hold back unreasonable demands of greedy management. Left unchecked, the meatpacking industry has never had a glowing record, either with working conditions, or sanitary conditions. Over several decades a new generation of writers including; James R Barrett, Carol Andreas,and Deborah Fink a have tried to awaken America to the dangers meatpacking plants posed to workers and communities. Now the reporting of Gail Eisnitz is added to the list. In Slaughterhouse our consummers, our animals, and our workers cry out for justice. Sinclair would be proud of Eisnitz,as she has written a book that aims at both the heart and the stomach. This book is a must read. I was unable to put it down! As a historian however, I regret that Ms. Eisnitz has not included a bibliography.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Total Truth, 30. Juli 2000
Von Ein Kunde
I do not know what "A reader from Sterling Colorado" has been smoking, however, I know from 30 years of personal experience from working in beef and pork factories, that everything that Ms. Eiznitz has said is accurate.
"A reader from Sterling Colorado" is obviously lying or his father was lying, or maybe they have never worked in these factories.
When I first discovered that Ms. Eiznitz was an animal rights activist, I was skeptical. However, I have now learned that she, and many other activists may be the most open-minded people in this country when it comes to this issue.
For years I turned my head to these issues, however, I can no longer live a "lie".
This book is a MUST read for anyone. I can only hope that Americans stop hiding their heads in the sand and speak out about these issues.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Disturbing, and eye-opening book, 28. April 2000
You really have a choice after reading this book - and that choice is to pretend you didn't read it and go on eating meat, or to become conscious of what meat really is, how it is "processed", and when and why you are consuming it. I found this book very difficult to read and had to read it chapter by chapter over the period of a month, as it is depressing to realize what we are doing to procure a bacon cheeseburger, and how we must neccessarily close our eyes to the process of killing the animals we eat. My 15-month old daughter is a vegetarian as a result of my reading this disturbing book, and the rest of the family is being weaned off of meat gradually.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Not optional reading., 17. Januar 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Every person who prides him/herself on being educated needs to read this book. It is hard-hitting, beautifully researched, and unfortunately 100% accurate.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Truly courageous journalism - this book is a necessity, 9. Juli 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Put simply, you'll never look at meat the same way after reading this disturbing, though superb, book. With impeccable reseach and excellent, insightful writing, Ms.Eisnitz lays bare the unthinkable cruelty, greed and corruption behind one of the strongest and most influential of political voices - the American meat industry. Think your Congressman or your local farmers are going to share this kind of information with you? Think again.
Cheers to Gail Eisnitz for having the courage to take on and expose this "Goliath!"
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Slaughterhouse: Who Will Tell the People?, 1. November 1998
Upton Sinclair, William Grieder, Ida Tarbell move over, your work has not been in vain. Gail Eisnitz steps up to the plate and dares to challenge, confront and expose an American icon--the meat and dairy industry. Though 20 million Americans are full-time vegetarians, millions more, because of poverty, culture, ignorance or misplaced loyalty to American values, consume meat and dairy products which are not just deleterious to their death, but which go to support a behind the closed doors industry which exploits workers and engages in cruelty to animals the likes of which even a seasoned veteran of vegeaterian campaigns would be hard to overlook without feeling sick to the stomach and outraged all at the same time.
Ms. Eisnitz has engaged in a one-woman campaign to expose the killing of animals for profit and to alert the American people to the true nature of what resides on their dinner tables and how it got there.
The premise of the work weaves a common thread. No matter where the author visited--John Morrell , Perdue, Smithfield, no matter to whom she spoke, the answer was always the same. Animals are not killed before they are exposed to the horrors of factory farming and the USDA, the federal agency charged with the welfare of animals, is not enforcing the Humane Slaughter Act and fires USDA inspectors and vets who do!!
As one worker reported, "The worse thing, worse than the physical danger, is the emotional toll. If you work in that stick pit for any period of time, you develop an attitude that lets you kill things, but doesn't let you care."
Anecdotal, insolated incidents, alarmist, biased. These are descriptive terms that the government, if they respond at all, would use to describe the author's work. Yet, the reality, the documentation, the vivid and horrific tales of workers describing injuries to themselves, their fellow workers and the cruelty to the workers cannot be ignored or marginalized.
How is the story of "Slaughterhouse" regareded by the corporate media? The author minces no words in outlining the reactions of the usual suspects to her tale of worker injury, animal cruelty and government corruption, indifference and the tissue of lies that passes for truth. "60 minutes," "Prime Time Live," and "20/20" all dutifully ignored her story deeming it too graphic to show the American people.
What of the effect of such practices on the American people? Filfth, rats, roaches, grease, oil, mutilation are all a part of the world of the Slaughterhouse, having changed little since the days of Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle." Eisnitz, having stripped her story of the trials and tribulations of one family, lays bares the naked truth of life inside the closed doors of an American institution--the slaughterhouse. It is a tough read, a gut-wrenching, stomach-churning, nausea causing, necessary, compelling and important book not be ignored or easily set aside. Like the Auschwitzs and Dachaus of the Nazi era, these American concentration camps dot the rural countryside providing employment for the poorest of the poor upon, as Mark Twain once wrote, the wealthy step to power. Ignore this book at your peril, when you read it take it to heart for it is the truth.
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