Idgah was till recently the official slaughterhouse of Delhi. It was the mostly shockingly cruel and unhygeinic place in India and its butchers broke every rule. The Supreme Court saw a film of what happens there and one judge fainted. The Supreme Court ordered it to be permanently closed down and a proper modern slaughterhouse which followed to the rules to be made in Ghazipur.
Meat truly turns men into monsters. Based on years of interviews, secret footage and personal visits, Gail Eisnitz’s book “Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment inside the U.S. Meat Industry”, documents the terrifying levels of animal abuse that slaughterhouse workers consider ‘business as usual’. KFC and McDonalds suppliers have been filmed kicking chickens around like footballs, punching and smashing shackled animals, blowing them up with firecrackers, twisting their heads off, spray-painting their faces, spitting tobacco in their eyes and shoving their hands into the birds’ vaginal cavities for ‘fun’.
One worker is seen ramming a broomstick down a chicken’s gullet and hoisting it up in the air to ‘teach it a lesson’. A turkey farm manager is seen bludgeoning sick birds with a pair of pliers so that they do not ‘eat’ into profits. Cattle slaughter plants show workers jabbing cows in the eyes, ripping out their windpipes, blasting them with high-pressure hoses and slicing off their ears. They string up even pregnant animals to bleed to death with the unborn babies visibly kicking inside the mothers’ wombs.
Just listen to these interviews:
p. 93 : “One time I took my knife and sliced off the end of a hog’s nose, just like a piece of salami. The hog went crazy for a few seconds. Then it sat there looking kind of stupid. So I took a handful of salt and rubbed it on the wound. Now that hog really went nuts. It was my way of taking out frustration. Another time, there was a live hog in the pit.
It hadn’t done anything wrong, wasn’t even running around. It was just alive. I took a three-foot chunk of pipe and I literally beat that hog to death. It was like I started hitting the hog and I couldn’t stop. And when I finally did stop, I’d expended all this energy and frustration, and I’m thinking what in God’s sweet name did I do.”
p. 133: “In the wintertime there are always hogs stuck to the sides and floors of the trucks. We go in there with wires or knives and just cut or pry the hogs loose. The skin pulls right off. These hogs are alive when we do this.. Animal abuse is so commonplace nobody even thinks about it.”
Here is a description of the standard piggery practice of “thumping” where workers pick up pigs by their hind legs, whirl them over their shoulders, and bash them headfirst into the concrete floor “We’ve thumped as many as 120 pigs in one day. We just swing them, thump them, then toss them aside. There’ve been times I’ve walked in and pigs would be running around with an eyeball hanging down the side of their face, just bleeding like crazy, or their jaw would be broken. I’ve seen them with broken backs still trying to get up. Some of these guys thump them, then just stand on top of their throat, smashing their jaw and everything, until they die… If you get a pig that can’t move, you take a meat hook, stick it into his anus and drag him backwards. A lot of times the meat hook rips out of the bunghole. I’ve seen hams—thighs and even intestines spill out. I’ve seen sows being beaten with gate rods, stomped on, and dragged having their throats slowly cut with a tiny scalpel while they were still fully conscious and moaning. One day there were twenty little hogs out there and these two guys were having themselves a good old time, beating them to death with metal pipes.”
The masks worn by workers at our ‘modern’ mechanised slaughterhouses do nothing to disguise their evilness. They throw tired, broken animals down from trucks then shove chilly powder into their eyes to force them up. After starving them for four days to push the haemoglobin from the blood into the fat to get better prices, they break their legs and poke out their eyes to certify them ‘useless’. Then they hose them with boiling water to soften their skins for removal. The animal may faint at this point, but is not yet dead.
Workers are casual about the thousands and thousands of animals that go through the whole process alive–still conscious chickens are dropped into scalding water to de-feather them ‘When this happens, the chickens flop, scream, kick, and their eyeballs pop out of their heads. They come out disfigured at the other end with broken bones and missing body parts because they’ve struggled so much in the tank.’ Similarly with pigs. Fully conscious cattle are skinned and dismembered in a process lasting upto 25 minutes. ” You can see them blink and moan as we cut off their hooves. Some survive as far as the tail cutter, the belly ripper, the hide puller. They die, piece by piece. ”
Indian slaughterhouse workers are as wicked. Goats and sheep are dragged across the floor bleating and excreting in terror. A man sits on top of the struggling creature, plunges a knife in its throat and pushes it aside to bleed to death. Cattle ,their legs roped, have their feet pulled from under them causing them to fall heavily on their side. The four legs are then bound together to await the butcher. At his approach, two men will grab the creature’s head and stretch its neck by twisting the head back with all their force.
The masks worn by workers at our ‘modern’ mechanised slaughterhouses do nothing to disguise their evilness. They throw tired, broken animals down from trucks then shove chilly powder into their eyes to force them up. After starving them for four days to push the haemoglobin from the blood into the fat to get better prices, they break their legs and poke out their eyes to certify them ‘useless’.
Then they hose them with boiling water to soften their skins for removal. The animal may faint at this point, but is not yet dead. A visitor allowed into these plants reports having nightmares. Workers, however, remain unperturbed as they do this to more than 10,000 animals a day in Delhi Al Kabir (Hyderabad), Frigorifico Allana (Aurangabad), Hind Industries (Aligarh), Allana Sons (Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra), and Deonar (Maharastra) and the thousands of illegal slaughterhouses all over.