Disabled, used up and discarded: And conditions for poultry workers may get worse
Posted with permission from Fairwarning.org:
Normally, I’d say anyone with half a brain and a bit of a moral compass would see this as a problem in need of a humane solution:
So what is the obvious solution? Speed up the processing line even more, according to Georgia Republican Congressman Doug Collins. Collins, who may eat chicken, but surely has never worked in a processing plant, has asked Agriculture Secretary and former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to raise line speeds to 175 bpm, almost twice the speed allowed in 1999. (Presumably before humans evolved to be able to handle faster line speeds.)
If you think that sounds like kind of a dumb idea, you’d be right. So dumb, in fact that the Agriculture Department rejected a similar proposal barely five years ago.
We’ve read before about the terrible conditions under which poultry workers labor.
But the good news is that some organizations are fighting back against putting profit before people. A recent letter signed by us and 39 other organizations, implored Secretary Perdue to take the health concerns of poultry workers more seriously.