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Made in Chicago: The Slaughterhouse Disassembly Line previous 5 of 18 next

The Slaughterhouse Disassembly Line Chicago pork packers created a labor-intensive, lightning-fast disassembly line. The Union Stockyards routinely processed 5,000 or more hogs every day, taking just 15 minutes to slaughter each animal.

Hundreds of workers, many of them immigrants, performed specialized tasks in the 13-step process: hanging the live hog by its leg, cutting its throat, scalding it, attaching it to a cable, scraping, cleaning, washing, inspection, de-gutting, de-larding, decapitating, splitting, and, finally, chilling.

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