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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Slaughterhouses - Bad for People, Too.

It shouldn't surprise anyone to hear that working in a slaughterhouse has terrible repercussions for workers and their families; numerous studies have shown this to be true. Slaughterhouse employees often display physical, emotional, and psychological problems, and these problems are commonly brought home to their families in the form of depression, physical abuse, emotional abuse, alcohol and/or drug abuse, etc.

I noticed this story today about a Georgia man who has apparently held his family (wife and four children) hostage in their home for years. In passing, the author of the article mentions that the accused works at a 'poultry processing plant' (now there's a euphemism if I've ever heard one). Wouldn't it be great if, instead of the usual same-old-same-old sensationalized news coverage duplicated endlessly on every media outlet, some free-thinking journalist opted to actually delve deeper and use this latest incident to explore the links between violence towards animals and violence towards people?

A girl can dream.

Oh, and by the way, if this is a subject that interests you, I highly recommend the book Slaughterhouse by Gail Eisnitz.


Gaby Santiago de... said...

The act of taking anything's life (plants, animals/humans) diminish the ability to healthy interact in a society. The one who kills has engaged into a negative energy around him but, what about the people who eat the killed being?

One time my brother asked me: why don't you stop being stupid and eat real food (meat)?
I said: I have already had pain and suffering in my life to on top of that eat more pain and suffering. Who's the stupid?

He never bothered me again.

Thanks for sharing that story, Tamara.

Bea Elliott said...

I too believe that the violence generated in the slaughter of animals increases the violence towards all. It de-sensitizes the workers..... And I believe (subconsciously) eating flesh also increases a detached level of indifference to cruelty.

I think the world would be a much better place if the institutional torture of animals was eliminated. Going Vegan is a great start to that end!