Korean Title: Dosaljang
Author: Gail A. Eisnitz
Translator: San-ho Park
336 pages | 223*152mm
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About This Book
The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and
Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry
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
In this book, 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 exposes 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.
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 exposes 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 expose 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
Reviewed by Alex Hershaft, PhD,
In the midst of our high-tech, ostentatious, hedonistic lifestyle, among
the dazzling monuments to history, art, religion, and commerce, there
are the 'black boxes.' These are the biomedical research laboratories,
factory farms, and slaughterhouses - faceless compounds where society
conducts its dirty business of abusing and killing innocent, feeling
These are our Dachaus, our Buchenwalds, our Birkenaus. Like the good
German burghers, we have a fair idea of what goes on there, but we don't
want any reality checks. We rationalize that the killing has to be done
and that it's done humanely. We fear that the truth would offend our
sensibilities and perhaps force us to do something. It may even change
Slaughterhouse by Gail Eisnitz of the Humane Farming Association is a
gut-wrenching, chilling, yet carefully documented, expose of unspeakable
torture and death in America's slaughterhouses. It explodes their
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, calves, pigs, and chickens are turned
into interminable agony. And, yes, the book may well change your life.
Here are some sample quotes (warning! extremely offensive material
The agony starts when the animals are hauled over long distances under
extreme crowding and harsh temperatures. Here is an account from a
worker assigned to unloading pigs: "In the winter, some hogs come in all
froze to the sides of the trucks. They tie a chain around them and jerk
them off the walls of the truck, leave a chunk of hide and flesh behind.
They might have a little bit of life left in them, but workers just
throw them on the piles of dead ones. They'll die sooner or later."
Once at the slaughterhouse, some animals are too injured to walk and
others simply refuse to go quietly to their deaths. This is how the
workers deal with it: "The preferred method of handling a cripple is to
beat him to death with a lead pipe before he gets into the chute... If
you get a hog in a chute that's had the shit prodded out of him, and has
a heart attack or refuses to move, you take a meat hook and hook it into
his bunghole (anus)...and a lot of times the meat hook rips out of the
bunghole. I've seen thighs completely ripped open. I've also seen
intestines come out."
And here is what awaits the animals on the kill floor. First, the
testimony of a horse slaughterhouse worker: "You move so fast you don't
have time to wait till a horse bleeds out. You skin him as he bleeds.
Sometimes a horse's nose is down in the blood, blowing bubbles, and he
Then another worker, on cow slaughter: "A lot of times the skinner finds
a cow is still conscious when he slices the side of its head and it
starts kicking wildly. If that happens, ... the skinner shoves a knife
into the back of its head to cut the spinal cord." (This paralyzes the
animal, but doesn't stop the pain of being skinned alive.) And still
another, on calf slaughter: "To get done with them faster, we'd put
eight or nine of them in the knocking box at a time... You start
shooting, the calves are jumping, they're all piling up on top of each
other. You don't know which ones got shot and which didn't... They're
hung anyway, and down the line they go, wriggling and yelling"(to be
slaughtered while fully conscious).
And on pig slaughter: "If the hog is conscious, ... it takes a long time
for him to bleed out. These hogs get up to the scalding tank, hit the
water, and start kicking and screaming... There's a rotating arm that
pushes them under. No chance for them to get out. I am not sure if they
burn to death before they drown, but it takes them a couple of minutes
to stop thrashing."
The work takes a major emotional toll on the workers. Here's one
worker's account: "I've taken out my job pressure and frustration on the
animals, on my wife, ... and on myself, with heavy drinking." Then it
gets a lot worse: "... with an animal who pisses you off, you don't just
kill it. You ... blow the windpipe, make it drown in its own blood,
split its nose... I would cut its eye out... and this hog would just
scream. One time I ... sliced off the end of a hog's nose. The hog went
crazy, so I took a handful of salt brine and ground it into his nose.
Now that hog really went nuts..."
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. Indeed, 36 percent incur serious injuries, making their
work the most hazardous in America. Workers who are disabled and those
who complain about working conditions are fired and frequently replaced
by undocumented aliens. A few years ago, 25 workers were burned to death
in a chicken slaughterhouse fire in Hamlet, NC, because management had
locked the safety doors to prevent theft.
Here is a worker's account: "The conditions are very dangerous, and
workers aren't well trained for the machinery. One machine has a
whirring blade that catches people in it. Workers lose fingers. One
woman's breast got caught in it and was torn off. Another's shirt got
caught and her face was dragged into it."
Although Slaughterhouse focuses on animal cruelty and worker safety, it
also addresses the issues of consumer health, including the failure of
the federal inspection system. There is a poignant testimony from the
mother of a child who ate a hamburger contaminated with E. coli: "After
Brianne's second emergency surgery, surgeons left her open from her
sternum to her pubic area to allow her swollen organs room to expand and
prevent them from ripping her skin... Her heart ... bled from every
pore. The toxins shut down Brianne's liver and pancreas. An insulin pump
was started. Several times her skin turned black for weeks. She had a
brain swell that the neurologists could not treat... They told us that
Brianne was essentially brain-dead."
Slaughterhouse has some problems. In an attempt to reflect the timeline
of the investigation, the presentation suffers from poor organization
and considerable redundancy. But that's a bit like criticizing the
testimony on my Holocaust experiences because of my Polish accent. The
major problem is not with the content of the book, but with the
publisher's cover design. The title and the headless carcasses pictured
on the dust jacket effectively ensure that the book will not be read
widely and that the shocking testimony inside will not get out to the
And that's a pity. Because the countless animals whose agony the book
documents so graphically deserve to have their story told. And because
Slaughterhouse is the most powerful argument for meatless eating that I
have ever read. Eisnitz' closing comment "Now you know, and you can help
end these atrocities" should be fair warning. After nearly 25 years of
work on farm animal issues, including leading several slaughterhouse
demonstrations, I was deeply affected. Indeed, reading Slaughterhouse
has changed my life.
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