Tackling injustice in industrial animal agriculture culture means advocating for workers. And vice versa.
Industrial animal agriculture is a disaster for animals, public health, and climate change. I made this reading list to show that tackling injustice in industrial animal culture means advocating for workers. Each source is displayed with a title, some citation information, and a short note.
Review of outdated regulations, immigrant labor, and dangerous conditions in dairy industry
|Publisher||Food Empowerment Project|
Primer on who factory farm workers are, what work conditions are like, what safety hazards are experienced.
Investigation into abuse of workers in poultry industry.
"reports have documented the unsafe and inhumane conditions poultry workers face—including being denied their legal right to use the bathroom"
|Publisher||National Ag Safety Database|
"Nearly 70% of swine confinement workers experience one or more symptoms of respiratory illness or irritation."
"Chronic health effects are manifest as chronic bronchitis with or without airways obstruction, experienced by 58% of all swine confinement workers."
|Authors||Mark Greskevitch, Greg Kullman, Ki Moon Bang, Jacek M. Mazurek|
|Publication||Journal of Agromedicine|
|Date||April 18, 2008|
Livestock farm workers have higher than average mortality rates for hypersensitivity pneumonitis, tuberculosis, asthma, and influenza.
|Authors||Benjamin E. Baran, Steven G. Rogelberg, Thomas Clausen|
|Date||May 1, 2016|
"slaughterhouse workers consistently experience lower physical and psychological well-being along with increased incidences of negative coping behavior."
"poultry processing plant rate of illnesses, such as repetitive motion injuries, is seven times the national average"
|Author||Amy Julia Harris, Shoshana Walter|
Court-ordered 'rehab' led to 200 men being sentenced to do unpaid labor at a poultry plant.
|Author||U. S. Government Accountability Office|
Meat and poultry industries have declining yet consistently higher than average rates of injury in manufacturing.
Note that this list is not comprehensive, and it does not tackle important issues that apply to all of agriculture, such as generally prevalent abuses of farm workers, who are often undocumented and especially likely to be mistreated.
Like climate change, animal abuse, and public health, rights of workers is an important enough cause in its own right to boycott and advocate against industrial animal agriculture. To the same end, people already concerned with animal agriculture must incorporate workers’ rights into their activism.