Finger food? OSHA reports huge amount of human amputation in slaughterhouses
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration, under the Freedom of Information Act, has been forced to expose one of the major health concerns coming out out slaughterhouses today: tons of accidental amputations by machinery. In just Tyson owned meat packing plants alone, over the last nine months, one amputation a month has been the average. Perfect! Now meat eaters are supporting both human and non-human meat processing! These numbers are also considered to be severely underreported, and OSHA can be viewed as sketchy at best with their reporting.
Iowa Public Radio reported that “As consumer groups push the meat industry on concerns of the welfare of meat animals, there appears to be little consumer concern for how workers in the meat industry are treated.” Well, duh. If you can’t make people care about animal welfare, what makes us think meat eaters give any kind of care about the workers who are making the products? Meat culture is violent towards human and non-human animals alike, so these reports are anything but shocking.
George Washington University professor gained the OSHA report herself, writing, “Skinners. Band saws. Wing saws. Hide grippers. The names of these tools tell just part of the story of why these amputations occurred. Their names, however, provide more than an inkling about the physical demands of these jobs.”
Meat eating culture’s flippant disregard for the exploitation of all is horrific, and going vegan is the first crucial step in refusing to support both an unsafe industry and the exploitation of all animal life.