Anonymous asked in Food & DrinkVegetarian & Vegan · 1 decade ago

why do people work in slaughter houses?

seriously, why would anyone want to say "i think for a career i'll work in the SLAUGHTER HOUSE" why do ppl even take that job? its sick.

17 Answers

  • [anon]
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    When you need to feed your family and are given a choice between working at a slaughterhouse or living in a cardboard box under the freeway onramp *with your kids* then you can say "why do people work there, it's sick." Some people have no other choice.

  • 4 years ago

    All the answers on this question say what horrible thing slaughter houses are why,people need to stop attributing human qualities to animals,they do not have long thoughtful conversations,they do plot their escape,they do not write long tear filled good by letters while on death row,they are animals,beloved because of the heritage they have,but they are animals,no different than a chicken or a cow,if people in other lands are willing to eat them and we have to many to care for then carve them up and ship em. And yes I have been to a slaughter house as I use to transport animals commercially to them for four years.

  • 1 decade ago

    what kind of dumb *** are you of course no one grows up thinking i want to work in a slaughterhouse when i grow up just because your life was perfect enough that you didn't have anything better to worry about other than rebelling against mommy and daddy and being vegan things happen and families need food maybe your Richie rich *** could choose whatever they want to do but you've never been put into a position in which there's no place to work but the slaughter house and you have to feed your family so think before you speak you arrogant little ****

  • Erin
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Gah, what really p*sses me off is when people who are not vegetarian or vegan, or do not support what we believe come in this section and answer as if they could care less about the rest of the world. It disgusts me when people only think of themselves. (Sorry, I had to say something because I see it too much in this section when others just come and ridicule).

    To answer your question - I agree with the others who have said that it's probably one of the only jobs that will hire certain people, but I feel horrible for anyone who has no other choice and would rather not work in a slaughter house because I know that if I had to I would probably kill myself.

    In the words of George Bernard Shaw: "My situation is a solemn one. Life is offered to me on condition of eating beefsteaks. But death is better than cannibalism. My will contains directions for my funeral, which will be followed not by mourning coaches, but by oxen, sheep, flocks of poultry, and a small traveling aquarium of live fish, all wearing white scarfs in honor of the man who perished rather than eat his fellow creatures."

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  • 1 decade ago

    Usually (but not always) these people have little formal education and have to do the "dirty work" that others would rather not. Most people probably WOULD be vegetarians if they saw what happened to the animal/meat slab sitting on their dining room table.

    That said, while some simply do it for the money (it pays decently for someone with little education or training), others see it as a job like any other and are not bothered by it. Some go home happily with discounted meat. Others turn vegetarian after working there.

    To each his own...

    I could never do it. To *me*, it is completely savage and barbaric. I couldn't sleep at night watching animals literally being murdered for food for people turning a blind eye....

    Source(s): Father in law works in a meat packing plant...completely disgusting, but he enjoys it. He was raised to think that animals are nothing but non-sentient beings for food. My (future) children will be raised to respect animals, with the choice of being vegetarian (I believe in offering choice).
  • 1 decade ago

    They are forced to in order to feed themselves or put a roof over their heads.

    It's not something that anyone does for a hobby.

    Is this question serious?

    There are sick people that enjoy it but they are few and far between.

  • As others have pointed out, many of them are either illegal immigrants or relatively unskilled labor. The non-whites are given the most unpleasant jobs. Most of them don't have much of a choice.

    As for those who do have a choice, I don't get it either.

  • 1 decade ago

    Frequently, the people who work in slaughterhouses do so as part of the agreement with the mule who brought them across the border. In exchange for working at one of the world's most dangerous jobs, they receive "housing," a certain amount of protection from deportation, and enough money to support their family in Central America.

    If you want to blame someone, blame the executives and shareholders at Tyson, Armour, Swift etc.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Many of the people who work in American Slaughterhouses are illegal immigrants who are paid less than minimum wage, given no benefits, and are intimidated (if they do something wrong at work, they are often given threats of deportation). Often times, slaughterhouses are the only jobs that people can get.

    Slaughterhouse jobs have one of the highest turnover rates in America with the average person staying only about one year.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I am not capable of answering your question, as I have not been forced to make such a choice.

    All I can say is, not everyone is born with many options, like a person who resorts to work in slaughterhouse, but it's the choice they make that defines them.

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