|Hundreds of live male chicks thrown out in plastic bags every day.|
For example, male chicks are deemed worthless and costly to the egg industry because they don't produce eggs. Hatcheries breed chickens and then divide the newly born males from the females along an assembly belt. Once separated, the males are then quickly disposed of in one of three ways: they are gassed, suffocated in plastic bags (above), or tossed into a grinding machine and ground up alive—all within 72 hours of birth. This happens to 150,000 male chicks every single day at just one facility; some 260 million are killed this way every year.
Capitalism exploits labor, nature, and animals but has successfully conditioned labor (people) not to turn their frustration and angst against those who warrant it—the capitalists—but on those who have no power. Many slaughterhouse workers have few options and are treated less than human, and bear out their grievances on the least among them and those who can’t fight back—the animals which society has tasked them with needlessly killing for consumption.
Here are some quotes from slaughterhouse workers taken from Dr. Melanie Joy's book, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows:
“You’re going to lose hogs in a semitrailer no matter what. . . . During the time I worked in rendering, there was large piles of dead hogs every day. . . When they come off the truck, they’re solid as a block of ice. . . . I went to pick up some hogs one day for chainsawing from a pile of about thirty frozen hogs, and I found two [that were] . . . frozen but still alive. . . I could tell they were alive because they raised their heads up like, ‘Help me.’ . . . I took my ax-chopper and chopped them to death.”
“When the hogs smell blood, they don’t want to go [to the killing floor]. I’ve seen hogs beaten, whipped, kicked in the head to get them up to the restrainer. One night I saw a driver get so angry at a hog he broke its back with a piece of board. I’ve seen hog drivers take their prod and shove it up the hog’s ass to get them to move.”
“I saw an employee kick a chicken off the floor fan and routinely saw chickens being thrown around the room. . . . While one of the workers was talking about football, he “spiked” a chicken onto the conveyor belt, pretending he had scored a touchdown.”
From the upper cathedral windowed floors rule “the feuding tycoons of the various capitalist power constellations. Below them, the lesser magnates, the large landowners and the entire staff of important co-workers. Below that . . . the large numbers of professionals, smaller employees, political stooges, the military and the professors, the engineers and heads of office down to the typists; even further down what is left of the independent, small existences, craftsmen, grocers, farmers . . . then the proletarian, from the most highly paid, skilled workers down to the unskilled and the permanently unemployed, the poor, the aged and the sick. It is only below these that we encounter the actual foundation of misery on which this structure rises. . . . Below . . . the indescribable, unimaginable suffering of the animals, the animal hell in human society . . . the sweat, blood, despair of the animals. . . .The basement of that house is a slaughterhouse . . .”
The demand for fish and fish meal are depleting oceans so fast that scientists believe there will be no more fish by 2050, while increasing amounts of plastic and pollution fill their void. Forests are being cleared and plundered, and waterways polluted in BRIC and other economically developing nations to make way for more cattle and cheap beef while doing so directly starves the very poor in those same countries. And all of this is done on the backs of billions of animals who are bred and killed every year to fill false needs for dairy, meat, eggs, and other animal products.
“The animal rights and environmental movements, more than any other social movements, directly threaten corporate interests. They do so every time activists encourage people to go vegan, stop driving, consume fewer resources and live simply. They do not advocate boycotts so much as life changes, and the changed lives they envision do not include some of the most powerful industries on the planet. . . . the perceived threat of these movements is much bigger than a threat to corporate pocketbooks. More than money is at stake.”
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