Inside a Slaughterhouse

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Political scientist Timothy Pachirat talks about working undercover for five months in a Great Plains slaughterhouse where 2,500 cattle were killed per day—one every twelve seconds. His book Every Twelve Seconds is an examination not only the slaughter industry but also of how, as a society, we hide violent labor.


Timothy Pachirat

Comments [12]

mia :D from brooklyn

thats my daddddd timothy

May. 02 2012 06:56 AM
Christmas from Rural, CT

Thank you! Brilliant Line up of guests today. How do you do it? Bravo to the very brave writer.

Dec. 15 2011 12:06 AM
hegemony from manhattan

i happen to know he's a vegan.
this is some serious commitment to research though, really great stuff. i really liked that he commited to his research even when he had a chance to exploit the whole industry. that could've landed him in a whole mess of trouble and then he wouldn't have been able to teach our lying class this past semester.

Dec. 14 2011 11:30 PM

This book changed how I thought and how I think. Everyone should read this book (money savers; it's in the library!) This book is insightful and real.

Dec. 14 2011 06:56 PM
mia from brooklyn

I became a vegan because I didn't want anything or anyone to get hurt and this book changed how I think about eating. People don't notice what they're eating.

Dec. 14 2011 06:44 PM
Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from Bk

Thank you to Leonard and the producers who booked this show. Go Vegan!

Dec. 14 2011 04:08 PM

I admire his courage to work to go work in a slaughter house; it takes a strong stomach and character to do that kind of research. However, he cleverly skirted the question of whether or not he personally consumed meat. I am still interested in hearing about were this journey of personal reflection has taken him.

Dec. 14 2011 01:32 PM

What a great segment. illfg is right: more needs to be said about this.

Dec. 14 2011 01:25 PM
Rah from Manhattan

If you are not willing to kill the animal yourself, or at least watch, you should not eat it.

Dec. 14 2011 01:18 PM
Pauline Park from Queens

If Americans actually had to spend a day (or maybe even an hour) in a slaughterhouse killing the animals they ate, most would become vegetarians. But the truth is that our industrial model of factory farming is not only needlessly violent & cruel to the animals, it's slowly killing us human beings as well. Thanks, Leonard, for hosting a segment on this important issue; and thanks, Prof. Pachirat, for an important book.

Dec. 14 2011 01:18 PM
Aeriadne from NY

The problem with the terms "organic" and "free range" on meat packaging labels is that they are words whose definitions are legally vague and there is often little regulation of the facilities that brand their products with them. If you truly want to ensure that you are eating free range or organic meats you'd be better to look for more "cruelty free"-oriented labels *and* research thoroughly the company or farm from which you buy your meat - visit them if you can. Better yet, become a vegan and end speciesism. Also note that for poultry, birds are not covered under the US Animal Welfare Act, and conditions in mass production facilities can be quite horrendous for them.

Dec. 14 2011 01:16 PM

More needs to be said about this. As a meat eater with a conscious I purposefully buy organic, free range meats, with the hope that my dollars will show the industry that dignity isn't just for humans.

Dec. 14 2011 12:11 PM

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