Chris Hedges: Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jan 22, 2022

On the show Chris Hedges discuss America’s meat industry with Gail Eisnitz, Chief Investigator for the Humane Farming Association.

The huge industrial slaughterhouses in the United States transport overcrowded animals, smeared with their own urine and feces, in trucks over long distances without water or ventilation in the summer or heat in the winter.

Many animals arrive dead, sometime frozen to the sides of the trucks where a chain has to be wrapped around them to pry them loose. They are tossed onto a pile of other animal carcasses. Animals barely able to walk from the trucks into the chute to be slaughtered are beaten to death with a lead pipe. The killing is done so quickly—200 to 400 cattle can be killed in an hour or 3,000 to 5,000 per day—that when animals are skinned they are sometimes still alive, forcing workers to thrust a knife into the head to sever its spinal cord.

Slaughterhouse work is also some of the most hazardous in the country, with 36 percent of workers incurring serious injuries. Those who are disabled, losing fingers and even limbs in the machinery used to kill the animals, are usually fired and replaced by undocumented workers who have neither job protection or legal recourse.

On top of this, the federal inspection system and enforcement to prevent contaminated meat from being sold to the public has been gutted, essentially permitting the meat industry to regulate itself. This has resulted in numerous E. coli and salmonella outbreaks among meat consumers.

Gail Eisnitz is the author of Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry.

Watch the video here.

From the archives:

The Environmental Christmas Hangover by Graham Peebles

What Would Happen If We All Refused To Go Quietly To The Slaughterhouse? + The Roots of Resistance

Chris Hedges: Is Animal Life Sacred?

David Kirby on “The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy and Poultry Farms on Humans and the Environment”

Animal Factory – A Book Review

The Meatrix (2003)

Howard Lyman: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat (must-see)

10 thoughts on “Chris Hedges: Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry

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  3. “Le sang des bêtes” [France] is a 1949 short French documentary was banned at the time of release because, animal slaughter reality was too much for the placated psyche of the consumer, according to censors. As now, with Gail Eisnitz exposure in this book, animal slaughter for food has become hidden behind plastic wrapped supermarket labels with a use by date. Chicken, Pork, Beef, Lamb, Fish, Dog, etc becomes “food” with no concept that it was ever living or killed. Should schools visit slaughter house’s as part of their food education? Can we hear a resounding NO? Why not? But that is why not.

    Written/Directed by Georges Franju. Summary: An early example of ultra-realism, this movie contrasts the quiet, bucolic life in the outskirts of Paris with the harsh, gory conditions inside the nearby slaughterhouses. Describes the fate of the animals and that of the workers in graphic detail. Franju states “If it were in colour, it’d be repulsive… the sensation people get would be physical one.” Won: Grand Prix International du Court Sujet 1950. And so it goes. (source ref: from Wikipedia)

  4. It’s unspeakably monstrous; & by the sound of it likely the worst in the world. I had to steel myself to listen to this ghastly report. I’ve been a strong advocate for animal welfare for many years, so have been fully aware of the extreme abuses that exist (but primarily here in the UK.) This is surely the worst account I’ve yet encountered, and it certainly takes immense courage to face the sheer atrocity that is the diabolical nightmare of the US food chain….little wonder that people are so psychosomatically damaged and ruined by this diseased industry, that worships hysterical profit and generates institutionalized cruelty on such a gargantuan scale.

    Boycott the whole damned accursed system! Support exemplary community-based organic food systems, with the highest welfare standards for the environment, that values and respects workers and promotes the very best husbandry for livestock and poultry.

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