I want to continue with my last story line and tell you a little about today's slaughter plants and how they operate.
I won't tell you everything I read in Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, because I think it may be too much for some of my readers. For those of you interested in learning more, I suggest reading the book.
Typically, people working in these facilities are low income groups living is poor neighborhoods and are on the losing end of our society. This is the system we support when we buy cheap meat.
These same people are given repetitive jobs that are often harmful to their physical and mental health. For instance, people on the kill floor who are killing animals day in and day out become completely numb to any kind of feeling for the animals they slaughter.
Animals on kill floors are regularly abused by people who've lost their compassion.
I believe it's necessary to respect an animal for the sacrifice it makes for us humans to continue living. I hesitate to kill animals and it's a hard thing for me to do, but I understand the necessity.
When mechanical slaughterers are used, they sometimes malfunction and don't get the job done. However, the line doesn't stop and chickens are sent down the line to be scalded alive.
This is unacceptable to me, but it's an area almost completely overlooked by regulation. There are inspectors on the job, but they are spread too thin and cannot keep up with the fast moving lines.
Mechanical eviscerators are exclusively used for gutting chickens, but are very crude. Often they rupture intestines and douse the carcass in fecal matter. I guess they think that's okay because it all gets washed off... Yeah, right.
These are just a few grievances, you can read about more in Eating Animals if you like. Any one of those things above should be enough to make us think twice about buying cheaply produced meat.
The system is rotten through and through.