Canadian meat packing shortage could lead to refugee exploitation
Meat packing plants in Canada can’t find workers to do the grueling, nasty, work involved with animal slaughter, and it’s causing problems for the industry leaders who have been thriving on the exploitation of not only animals, but human workers as well. “Some meat companies say that despite the economic downturn, they can’t find enough Canadians willing to work on the kill floor or to carve beef and pork carcasses in their plants,” reported Global News. We wonder why! With atrocities happening behind the walls of the slaughterhouse to all living beings, of course these positions are hard to fill.
You might recall our previous piece on why vegans should be empathetic towards American slaughterhouse workers, which came with a mixed reaction. In the United States, it’s common, if not standard, practice to hire undocumented immigrants by lying to them about green card availability. As this isn’t yet happening in Canada, it certainly proves a point about why as vegans, we need to focus our rage on bigger cats than small workers.
Sadly, that’s a wide “yet.” It was suggested that Syrian refugees, yes, traumatized refugees from a broken country, could fill these positions in one of the more evil ideas I’ve seen this week. Anna Gainey of the Liberal Party has laid out in a letter to the meat industry that the party seeks to make the hire of foreign workers a bigger resource to pull from. Looks like Ms. Gainey is taking a few pages out of the States’ book.
An industry leader lamented that workers walk away after mere hours in the slaughterhouse. Sounds about right.