Is it really a shock to us that many slaughter workers are desensitized to the feelings of the animals they kill? Indeed, how could it be otherwise?
By Lee Hall
Insisting on our right to spy on slaughter doesn’t stop it. In one key sense, it’s a thoroughly conservative stance.
The Asbury Park Press, based in New Jersey, has published a column headlined “Slaughterhouse Says Changes Made” (3 Oct. 2014). The report’s point is immediately obvious. The paper informs us that the Catelli Brothers boss took “swift action” after an undercover video showed abuse of Holstein veal calves.
Anthony Catelli, president of Catelli Brothers, is also quoted reassuring the public that the plant, in operation for 19 years so far, was designed to follow the humane slaughter methods developed by Professor Temple Grandin. Three workers were fired, and eleven new cameras will watch the rest of them. Essentially, all that has changed is who monitors the employees.
Other than unemployment, what’s next for the punished workers? Not one word in the article is spent on the matter. While a sacked slaughter worker’s fate is…
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