Factory Farming Doesn’t Just Exploit Animals
In order to speed up the killing line, in which 140 chickens a minute are killed (and the few that aren’t get scaled alive), production supervisors at factory farm chicken processing plants are denying or limiting bathroom breaks for workers. Imagine a job where you have to beg to go to the bathroom and whether and when you get to go could depend upon whether your boss likes you or not.
According to an Oxfam America study “Workers struggle to cope with this denial of a basic human need. They urinate and defecate while standing on the line; they wear diapers to work; they restrict intake of liquids and fluids to dangerous degrees; they endure pain and discomfort while they worry about their health and job security.”
Employees from Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s, Perdue, and Sanderson Farms, which collectively account for 60% of chicken production in the U.S., all had similar complaints about being denied bathroom breaks, having to beg to go to the bathroom, or coming to work in diapers in order to do their jobs.
It is morally wrong to by a product from a company that exploits its workers, and equally wrong to buy products from a company that denies its employees basic human dignity.
Next time you reach for a package of chicken think about the person who had to process it. Can you honestly enjoy eating it knowing that someone suffered indignities and exploitation to feed you?