June 27, 2005

"Cogs in the Great Machine"

After reading this chapter, I feel like being a vegetarian now. This chapter was so detailed. The cows were fed steroids to fatten up quickly as well as the brutal treatment in the farms. How many cows went straight from the farm to the meat house and when they finally came out they were either in cans or where made into sausages. The author also mentions the diversity in the slaughter houses and how many of the minorities like Mexicans weren’t trusted with knives unless they worked for the company for a certain amount of time. Schlosser, also talks about the bad labor along with company (meatpacking) competitions and how many of the meat companies wrote threat letters as well as suing each other for the stupidest reasons.
The sources that Schlosser uses were books like “The Jungle” which was proven trustworthy by the federal government about disgusting animal slaughtering and along with the New York Times.

Posted by leex2313 at June 27, 2005 9:14 AM