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Slaughterhouse : the shocking story of greed, neglect, and inhumane treatment inside the U.S. meat industry

Author: Gail A Eisnitz
Publisher: Amherst, NY : Prometheus Books, 1997.
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"What started out, with a single complaint about a Florida slaughterhouse turned into a tale of intrigue and suspense as investigator Gail A. Eisnitz unearthed more startling information about the meat and poultry Americans consume. This shocking story follows Eisnitz as she becomes submerged in a slaughterhouse subculture, venturing deeper and deeper into the lives of the workers. As the stakes become higher in her
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Eisnitz, Gail A.
Slaughterhouse.
Amherst, NY : Prometheus Books, 1997
(OCoLC)607206683
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gail A Eisnitz
ISBN: 1573921661 9781573921664
OCLC Number: 37315328
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 310 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Opening the slaughterhouse door. One man's cry for help --
Will we get out of here alive? --
The darkest place in the universe --
"Mommy, am I going to die?" --
The fall guy --
pt. 2. The stickers' confessions. The man with the scar --
Pangs of conscience --
Blood-red and frozen --
pt. 3. The "slaughterhouse eight." Beyond the law --
Slunks, haulers, and "too-dead" cows --
A trip to the state pen --
A sixty-minute investigation --
pt. 4. USDA deregulates: full line speeds ahead. A Pandora's box of pathogens --
The USDA's sacred cow --
This little piggy dragged to market --
Veterinary turncoats --
The thumper --
The guardian angel --
The Secretary of Agriculture erects a smokescreen. pt. 5. Friends in high places. Almost dying for a cause --
In bed with a bird --
The lesson --
pt. 6. A debased side of human nature. America's premier hog kill --
An army of walking wounded --
Piercing the veil of secrecy --
HACCP: a Trojan horse for deregulation --
Education and empowerment.
Responsibility: Gail A. Eisnitz.

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"What started out, with a single complaint about a Florida slaughterhouse turned into a tale of intrigue and suspense as investigator Gail A. Eisnitz unearthed more startling information about the meat and poultry Americans consume. This shocking story follows Eisnitz as she becomes submerged in a slaughterhouse subculture, venturing deeper and deeper into the lives of the workers. As the stakes become higher in her David-and-Goliath-type battle, this determined young woman finds herself courageously taking on one of America's most powerful industries. Slaughterhouse takes readers on a frightening but true journey from one slaughterhouse to another throughout the country. Along the way we encounter example after example of mistreated animals ... intolerable working conditions ... lax standards ... the slow, painful deaths of children killed as a result of eating contaminated meat ... the author's battle with the major television networks ... and a dangerously corrupt federal agency that chooses to do nothing rather than risk the wrath of agribusiness ... before the whole affair is blown wide open in this powerful expose." "In an effort to understand how such rampant violations could occur right under the noses of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspectors - the individuals charged with enforcing humane regulations in slaughterhouses - Eisnitz examines the inspectors' track record for enforcing meat and poultry safety regulations, their primary responsibility. Following a long paper trail, she learns that contaminated meat and poultry are pouring out of federally inspected slaughterhouses and, not surprisingly, deaths from foodborne illness have quadrupled in the United States in the last fifteen years."

"Determined to tell the whole story, Eisnitz then examines the physical price paid by employees working in one of America's most dangerous industries. In addition to suffering disfiguring injuries and crippling repetitive motion disorders, employees describe tyrannical working conditions in which grievances are met with severe reprisals or dismissals."--Jacket.

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