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"Inside a Slaughterhouse"

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Video tour of a beef slaughterhouse at Oprah.com
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A Pretty Tame Look at an Industrial Slaughterhouse

  • Feb 15, 2011
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Once again, the original credit for this find goes to our writer ziggy, who reviewed this video at our blog. Like him, I found this pretty tame, especially coming from an investigative reporter. No questions about feedlot procedures (like feeding corn to cattle, which they're not designed to eat), no view of the actual kill (the slaughterhouse wouldn't allow it, even as they argued it was a relatively humane way to butcher the cows), etc.

I do applaud the folks at Oprah.com for doing this... even as it stands, this video will make some folks uncomfortable. It does come across as "sanitized," though (and I say this as a meat-eater). If we're going to connect people with their food, though, we should do just that... and that means showing the whole process, and questioning it throughout. 

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February 15, 2011
I just watched the video. That was quite sterile, I think. I'm sure an undercover video, perhaps from a few different feed lots and processing plants would be very different. Of course they would make it tame for national television, last thing they need right now is a 50% drop in beef sales! ;) They omitted a lot of things, like what they actually wash the beef with - I doubt it is just water, probably sanitized with chemicals. At the end the lady that gives the tour says 'and that's what my kids eat for dinner' about the beef patties - I highly doubt it! Sounded like it was scripted for the camera. Thanks for sharing it!
 
February 15, 2011
You'd think that Oprah would go a little more hardcore into this issue but, maybe the FCC had something to do with that? Or maybe she didn't want to alienate her audience? In any case, I agree, this issue deserves some actual investigative reporting. Thanks for sharing!
February 15, 2011
I'd guess audience alienation was the main issue... but, yes, just a little too clean and neat...
 
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