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Gail Eisnitz, author of “Slaughterhouse” and Chief Investigator for Humane Farming Assoc., on Wild Horse & Burro Radio (Wed., 5/4/16)



Join us on Wild Horse Wednesdays®, May 4, 2016

4:00 pm PST … 5:00 pm MST … 6:00 pm CST … 7:00 pm EST

Listen to the archived show (HERE!)

You can also listen to the show on your phone by calling (917) 388-4520.

You can call in with questions during the 2nd half hour, by dialing (917) 388-4520, then pressing 1.

This show will be archived so you can listen to it anytime.

Because of the sensitive nature of this issue, the beginning of the show will be more generic, and we’ll warn listeners before the topics become more graphic.


Our guest tonight is Gail A. Eisnitz, author of the book “Slaughterhouse” and Chief Investigator for the Humane Farming Association (HFA).

Gail A. Eisnitz, a winner of the Albert Schweitzer Medal for outstanding achievement in animal welfare, has done work that has resulted in exposés by ABC’s Good Morning America, PrimeTime Live, Dateline NBC, and has been featured in newspapers including The New York Times, Miami Herald, Detroit Free Press, Texas Monthly, Denver Business Journal, Los Angeles Times, and US News & World Report.

Eisnitz was the driving force behind a front-page, award-winning exposé in The Washington Post documenting slaughterhouse atrocities entitled “They Die Piece by Piece.”  The Washington Post reporter later described Eisnitz as “the most courageous investigator I’ve ever seen” and the story was one of the highest reader-response pieces ever run by The Washington Post.

It’s often assumed that farm animals are slaughtered in a clean, orderly process that minimizes stress and pain.  But nothing could be further from the truth.  HFA’s groundbreaking investigations have exposed the fact that farm animals are routinely dismembered while still fully conscious in U.S. slaughterplants.

HBO’s Death on A Factory Farm, focused exclusively on the groundbreaking work of the Humane Farming Association, and revealed mistreatment of animals within the pork industry.

HFA details how (for decades) the USDA’s Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) in Nebraska has been using taxpayer dollars to fund meat-industry research to genetically and chemically alter farm animals.  In addition to torturing and mutilating live, defenseless animals, MARC has starved to death as many as 6,500 animals.

indexSlaughterhouse is available on Amazon

This show will be hosted by Debbie Coffey, V.P. & Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation.

To contact us:, or call 320-281-0585–chief-investigator-for-humane-farming


1/20/16 – Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, on BLM’s plans to sterilize wild horse and burros.  Listen HERE.

1/27/16 – Marjorie Farabee, Dir. of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, on threats to shoot wild burros in Arizona.  Listen HERE.

2/8/16 – Representatives of 4 major wild horse & burro advocacy groups and advocates speak out against BLM’s plans for barbaric sterilization experiments on wild mares.  Listen HERE.

2/10/16 – Jonathan Ratner, Western Watersheds Project’s Director for Wyoming, Utah and Colorado, talks about the environmental toll of privately owned livestock grazing on public lands.  Listen HERE.

2/24/16 – Kirsten Stade, Advocacy Director for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), on BLM’s skewed data minimizing the effects of livestock grazing on public lands.  Listen HERE.

3/2/16 – Marjorie Farabee, Dir. of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, Equine Mgr. of Todd Mission Ranch (TMR Rescue) & founder of Wild Burro Protection League, joined by local wild burro advocates fighting to save the wild burros of the Black Mountain Herd Management Area in Arizona.  Listen HERE.

3/23/16 –  Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation interviews Susan W. Watt, Executive Director, Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, located in South Dakota.  Listen HERE.


2 replies »

  1. No wonder Big Ag pushes for Ag Gag laws..not that they stop hard core Animal Welfare Activists. These wonderful and courageous people take tremendous risks in order to let the rest of know what goes on in factory farms
    Consumers have enormous power. A very small percentage can tip the scale. Think what a large, well informed consumer movement can accomplish.

    Outrage Over Government’s Animal Experiments Leads To USDA Review

    If you read Michael Moss’ investigation in The New York Times about research practices at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Nebraska, you might recall some of these details:

    • An experiment where pigs died after being locked in steam chambers. The goal of this taxpayer-funded study was to evaluate how varying temperatures influenced the pigs’ appetites.

    • A study that left lambs abandoned by their mothers in pastures to die of exposure or starvation.

    • An account of the fetuses of 119 pigs being “gently crushed” during an experiment. According to the Times, “the aim was to see if empty space in the uterus affected the intervals between pregnancies. But trial results, published in 2011, were inconclusive.”

    Rep. Louise Slaughter, a Democrat from New York, expressed alarm as well. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Slaughter wrote: “Such heinous examples of egregious cruelty, which would violate the minimum standards of any approved research protocol … should not occur anywhere for any reason.”

    As the Times report points out, farm animals used in agricultural research are exempt from protections spelled out in the Animal Welfare Act. Many institutions, including universities and companies, that conduct research on animals abide by independent anima–welfare protocols. But the federal law has big loopholes, according to animal welfare advocates.


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