Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry|
by Gail A. Eisnitz (Author)
With a New Afterword by the Author
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.
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.
Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books (November 2006)