Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/05/28/case-new-technology-help-slaughterhouse-workers
Chickens are devoted mothers and care for their chicks so well that the expression “mother hen” signifies an attentive mother in languages all around the world.
Do they deserve this? No.
Clueless. Like most of those rushing to condemn the plight of “meat packers,” this essayist misses the point entirely: no chicken need die at the hands of humans, by any method.
Apparently the Human Society only cares about the death of chickens in these damn CAFO’s, not the horrible conditions of the “lives” they have lead. Our whole agricultural system is horrible - to the land, the air, the soil, the farmers, and the Earth. Just STOP this capitalistic/cannibalistic form of agriculture.
LIKE MANY PEOPLE, TEMPLE GRANDIN PROFESSES TO LOVE ANIMALS, WHILE DEFENDING THE RIGHT OF HUMAN BEINGS TO OWN, CONTROL, MANIPULATE, MUTILATE, BUY, SELL, MASTURBATE, INSEMINATE, INCARCERATE, SLAUGHTER, AND SEXUALLY MOLEST THEM FOR BUSINESS PURPOSES – AS LONG AS IT IS DONE “HUMANELY.”
Her book “ Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior” has a section called “How to Make a Pig Fall in Love.” Google it, please.
My take on this, helping slaughterhouse workers, goes in a different direction.
Open air processing facilities. We know right now COVID 19 is running rampant in these closed facilities, breathing enclosed air, circulated by HAVC systems means your working in a virus “soup” with it being airborne. this time of year is the prefect time to employ open-air working conditions, that would greatly reduce virus transmission. Sure it will slow down the line, and raise costs, but aren’t their lives worth it?
Also air cooling the carcass’s is much more sanitary, something Europe has been doing for years. US processors have resisted this for years because of lost profits. The carcass’s retain up to 10% water (and chicken waste) when cooled in a water bath, and consumers are paying 10% more for the same birds than if they were air cooled. Greed strikes again.