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The Human Side of Slaughterhouse Abuse

Written by PETA | March 19, 2010

The findings of a new report from Britain’s Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) should come as no surprise to anyone with an ounce of sense: Abuse and exploitation run rampant in meat factories, no matter the victim’s species.




One in three workers interviewed by the EHRC claimed to have heard or been the victim of verbal abuse by superiors, and one in five admitted to “being pushed, kicked, or having things thrown at them.” The report contains testimony from employees who claimed to have had frozen burgers thrown at them by managers and states that workers with bladder conditions admitted to urinating on themselves after they were denied bathroom breaks.

It doesn’t take a great leap of logic to understand that the callousness required to hang gentle animals by chains and shackles, cut their throats while they are still conscious, and begin to skin them while they are still blinking will bleed into employee relations, and it’s no coincidence that the hardships endured by humans are eerily similar to those endured by animals. If you want to stop human and animal exploitation, the answer is easy: Go vegan.

Written by Logan Scherer

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  • Marnie says:

    How fast asleep are people to be able to torture another being without feeling sick…

  • Jay says:

    “Earthlings” Think about the seal watching you while getting scalped alive! Footage to bring everyone to puke I hope the right ones watched it!

  • Joe says:

    to Susan Ballarini’s comment. in case you were not aware you are part of humanity so maybe next time god will not create people like you who have no lives and no brains. But allow me to humor you. IF we were to put video cameras in slaughterhouses who is going to watch all that footage? AND you cannot compare the hardships of humans to that of animals because when they slit their throats they die within seconds and being dragged through hot water would most certainly finish them off if they didn’t have time to bleed out. I know this because i am an EMT and I’ve studied these things.

  • Artur says:

    thats exactly what is shown on the Fast Food Nation movie do watch it. the animals and humans exploitation on the slaughterhouse must finish!

  • Randy says:

    Beg to differ here. There’s no shortage of people in developing countries who are completely capable of handslaughtering their own animals AND being 100 civil toward their fellow man. I think the behavior has less to do with the task itself and more to do with the type of people who end up working in these kinds of jobs. If it were the slaughtering wouldn’t you expect the peons to be abusing the managers since they’re the ones who need to be the most callous?

  • Susan Ballarini says:

    The walls should be made of glass and visible to onlookers. They should ALL be required to be videotaped. Animal welfare laws are continually violated and deemed to be unenforceable. Nursing homes are videotaped and the people who talk to you on the phone are recorded to avoid rudeness. Can’t we do the same for animals? Sometimes I just wish for the end of all humanity. Maybe the next time God will get it right.

  • Kathy says:

    The Devil walks among us in these “people”. His presence is in all slaughter houses and factory farms everywhere. God help us all.

  • Logan Daugherty says:

    that is just cruel send me pictures forward it to all my friends

  • Sanjay Lawand says:

    My pet dog Duke taugtht me lot of thing regarding animal rights for which i was unaware. He simply can not talk but certainally convey his message through his eyes. I now take veg food. Peta is doing excellent work but need to penetrate more in rural parts of world where still some people take animal for granted. Peta can start its tv channel in India. While showing pain of animals also show winning stories so that animal lovers will become optimistic. Also we shall taught our children about animals and their rights Thanks Sanjay

  • Brad says:

    Google “repetitive motion in poultry plants” it is sick

  • Patricia says:

    Thank you Peta for doing such a wonderful job informing us. I live in Brazil and hope to do my part in helping the animals Especially farm animals

  • Jack says:

    This is the connection that we see over and over again. People who abuse animals abuse people as well if not right away eventually. For those who can’t seem to feel empathy for animals “it’s just a dog” perhaps this obvious connection will work.

  • Lauren Holt says:

    I’ve always thought you would have to be slightly sadistic to work in abattoirs. It would appear I’m right.

  • Sharon Davis says:

    We need to be thinking of other solutions as well as unfortunately most people will not go vegan. Public opinion needs to force the Lawmakers to change the laws. I want to say thankyou for being there to inform the public as our opinions can’t change without the facts. Facts that are so well hidden by the whole meat and dairy industry. So much in this industry is shameful and needs an overhaul so much..

  • Brien Comerford says:

    These “people” are reprobates!