Since they do exist you would think our regulatory system would at least make them conditions safer for the workers and more humane for the animals, not so. In fact some argue the short lived life of the animals is more inhumane and working conditions in the plant are getting worse.
It has been over 100 years since Upton Sinclair wrote The Jungle, portraying the lives of immigrants in industrialized cities, mainly in the meatpacking industry who were exposed to health violations and unsanitary practices.
A 100 years to improve the conditions? If you read Ted Genoway's new book, The Chain, it appears that life for the workers slaving away in the slaughterhouses is worse and more dangerous.
Just one example: Progressive inflammatory neuropathy, an autoimmune disease with symptoms of pain, fatigue, headaches, nausea, numbness, and partial paralysis. Workers got this horrific disease by using compressed gas to liquify hogs’s brains, for a thickener for stir fry, without the proper safety equipment. The workers who became sick had to fight to get medical benefits and the ones who could no longer work were only give a half-years pay.
How to stop this inhumane treatment, go vegan!
Remember, people also pick our vegetables, so please buy local whenever possible and make sure its organic and GMO free!