Praise Author for Exposing Slaughterhouse Atrocities

Target: Timothy Pachirat, Author of Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight

Goal: Thank author, Timothy Pachirat, for posing as a slaughterhouse worker to expose the atrocities inside the industry

A doctoral student at Yale University, Timothy Pachirat, posed as a slaughterhouse worker to gain insights about the industry for his dissertation research. An animal rights activist, he was initially hired to hang cow livers on hooks and later promoted to the “kill floor” and “quality control.” He wrote and published a book, Every Twelve Seconds: Industrial Slaughter and the Politics of Sight to share his first-person narrative and analysis of the industrial abattoir in rural Kansas.

In his book, Pachirat focuses on the sensory aspects of sound and  smell that accompanied the horrific sights he saw. It was his goal to expose the public to the sensual experience of massive, routinized cattle killings to bring an end to this inhumane treatment. The author emphasizes that these animals were individuals with personalities, and that slaughterhouse managers condition, desensitize, and compartmentalize their workers to overlook these qualities. Of over 800 workers on the slaughterhouse’s kill floor, only four were directly involved in the killing of cattle, allowing the majority of the workers to avoid responsibility and emotion.

Sign the below petition to thank Pachirat for putting himself in an unspeakable position to enlighten the public and expose the psychology behind American slaughterhouses. More exposure will result in more public outrage, and hopefully an end to atrocious slaughterhouse practices.


Dear Mr. Pachirat,

Thank you for putting yourself at risk for the sake of writing your book to expose the horrific nature of slaughterhouses. You undoubtedly saw, heard, smelled, and experienced the mutilation of cattle while feeling the institutional pressure to overlook safety violations and abuse. I expect that your narrative exposure to the sensorium of slaughterhouse sounds and smells will help bring an end to the routine killing of cattle as much, or more than, the undercover videos all over the Internet.

I am urging you to work off of the success of your book and continue to be an outspoken advocate for inhumanely-treated cattle in America. Slaughterhouses cannot be allowed to psychologically manipulate their workers. They cannot be allowed to turn a blind eye to safety and health violations. And they can no longer hide their disgusting practices from the public behind closed doors. Every Twelve Seconds is a powerful book, and I thank you for your past and future contributions to making positive changes in the slaughterhouse industry.


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