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Slaughterhouse Blues by Donald D. Stull
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May 02, 2012

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Read from May 03 to 08, 2012

I expected a current, in-depth look at the meat industry, focusing on the environmental and sociological impact. I suppose this book is that - sort of. The opening spends a lot of time on the evolution of the meat industry. We also get a lot of information on the author's experience at a cow 'branding' event, which I could have done without. None of it added anything to the subject at hand.

There's some focus on labor, the slaughterhouse workers, and how damaging the job is to their health. There is some, though not much, information on the horrible treatment of the 'farm' animals.

The writing is kind of dry, and filled with statistics and comparison tables. This book seems to have been written - and should be marketed for - various college courses and students focusing on sociology.

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