I recently received the Skinny Bitch box set for my birthday, and I’m so glad I got it—though it is totally not what I expected. What I expected was tongue-in-cheek, eat-like-the-French advice. References to designer duds and fabulous living that can’t really be achieved since I am not well-acquainted with portion control, which is interesting considering I’m a control freak. Anyway.
I’m almost halfway through, and I am so surprised/horrified/shocked by what I’ve read (in addition to literally feeling nauseous as a result), that I was compelled to write a post about it. Aside from some funny but occasionally gross phrases and obscenities, the book is a serious, plain English slap-in-the-face message about the need to exercise, eat right, and understand the origin of the food we eat and the process it goes through before it arrives on our tables.
I also did not expect it to be a promo for veganism, and I’m sure my sister-in-law didn’t realize that or she would not have given it to me, a confessed filet mignon addict (I went vegetarian once for 40 days and swore I’d never do it again). But that’s no matter. The book came into my hands and while I’m still reading and deciding what to make of what I’ve read, I can say this: the portion of the book that includes excerpts of Slaughterhouse is horrifying and has me seriously contemplating my carnivorous ways. While there are conflicting opinions about the legitimacy of some of the Skinny Bitch authors’ claims, Slaughterhouse has been around for more than a decade, and author Gail A. Eisnitz’s investigations have been reported on by many esteemed American news shows and papers. I fully intend to order and read Slaughterhouse because maybe it’s time for me to know the truth I’ve been so reluctant to hear. I have always said that if I actually had to kill my own food, I’d be vegetarian.
Again, I’ve not yet read Slaughterhouse, but while skimming reviews of the book, one particular review got my attention…it will likely get yours too:
…Ms. Eisnitz is frank and candid in her exposure of the uglier side of factory farming. Slaughter of live animals is never pretty, but in many of the USDA supervised plants, the conditions are unbelievably cruel and digustingly filthy. The workers are exploited, placed in harm’s way, and are treated little better than the animals they have to process. The animals themselves meet terribly slow deaths when stun bolts fail and stick pit knives don’t cut deep enough to allow them to bleed to death before skinning and gutting…
You have probably already read many of the reviews and a majority of them come from vegans and vegetarians. Well, I’m not one of them. I raise meat animals and I eat meat. This book is important to me because I believe that Americans have a right to eat meat and not worry about it killing them with E. coli or Clostridia infections. I believe Americans should be able to believe that the USDA seal means the meat is safe and was killed in a humane fashion. Right now the American meat eating public is being betrayed by the USDA and “Slaughterhouse” details this with painstaking research and first-hand accounts…
PS: You can get Skinny Bitch here if you’re Oz-based: http://www.seekbooks.com.au/book/Skinny-Bitch/isbn/9780762424931.htm