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'Every Twelve Seconds:' Undercover Slaughterhouses With Timothy Pachirat

Rachel Solomon
05/31/2012 at 8:00 p.m.

For five months, Timothy Pachirat worked undercover in a slaughterhouse in Omaha, Nebraska. This was a place where 2,500 cattle were killed each day, or one every 12 seconds. Pachirat intended to do research about violence and animals, but he wound up getting promoted: from liver hanger to cattle driver to quality control worker.

Pachirat's expose is called "Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight." It explores an industry where, Pachirat says, keeping slaughter from sight somehow makes it more tolerable. The book offers insight on industrialized killing, animal welfare and food safety. Pachirat read from the book on May 9, 2012 at the Elliott Bay Book Company.


Timothy Pachirat is a professor at The New School for Social Research and the author of "Every 12 Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight."

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