Meatpacking: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)



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    The pandemic has thrown into high relief some of the longstanding issues surrounding working conditions in meatpacking facilities. John Oliver explains why greater oversight is needed, and how we can go about getting it.
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    1. Yazzo02

      No respect for human rights! Don't want to imagine how horrible it must be for the animals. We need to Reform the meat industry!

    2. Bavard Utub

      John Oliver mentions people being cut, but where the blood of the cut goes? In my young time (25 y from now?) I get a summer job in a food processing company (outside USA). I cut myself several time and (no time allowed to get new gloves), so some of the food processed that day was "seasoned" with my own blood :D. I hope the people who bought it cooked it well...

    3. Tin Pan

      Why the more i look into America, it less heaven and more like hell???

    4. Gala

      The Meat Packing Industry in the USA has always been horrible. Go read The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.

    5. Ron Winter

      YIKES!! America sucks! Trump would LOVE this crap. Sigh.

    6. Timothy Duffy

      Yeah, but with these waivers obviously meant to hold a person's job and therefore income as hostage for victims to sign it wouldn't that be arguable by a lawyer on the victims behalf that the victim signed under economic duress in the attempt to make the waiver null and void by a court of law?

    7. fuck you

      Stop buying meat. It would eliminate worker abuse and the horrible conditions for animals. It’s not difficult. If you’re not capable of hunting/killing the animal yourself, you shouldn’t even be eating it, anyways.

    8. Golden TM

      13:05 well.... that’s my dad

    9. R. Marie Mouton

      00. Explain to me: why the media is not telling the American People to Email Office of Attorney General in there STATES AND OTHER STATES to request a TRANSPARENT AUDIT regarding 2020 Presidential Election this is information the American People need to know? Why? EXPLAIN?

    10. anxez

      Anyone else wondering how many of those corporate officials could be processed by those production lines in an afternoon?

    11. Craig Pinkava

      Jeez...if your CEO starts to refer to you and your co-workers as a "family", it's time to start hunting for a new job!

    12. Un Named

      You think Stalin's lack of care for his people was bad? Try the meat packing companies, they'll teach you all about the fundamentals of basic human rights. Oh wait, they don't tell you about such unnecesary morals.

    13. Glenn Weissman

      I disagree with his list---Dame Judy Dench is infinitely more important than food, water, and shelter.

    14. Santiago Mejia-Dugand

      Little has changed in 115 years:

    15. sajib sjb

      And I thought my country (Bangladesh), tells best jokes about labour rights.


    17. Pat Harris

      You missed the most vital piece of data in the whole report. what were the managers votes? did they vote 5%, 10%, 50%, 100% ? we need our data to form an opinion.

    18. gramoukdoom gramouk

      And vegans are extreme...

    19. Kaylen Peters

      I don't know if there's a way to suggest topics they could cover but I'd really love him to do a piece on insurance or homeowner's insurance to be exact. I'm from Louisiana and we got hit by multiple hurricanes this past year and most of my town including myself isn't even close to recovering due to insurance companies delaying claims or dropping us all together and no one seems to help or care. It's insane!!

    20. drunkenmaster888

      I'm working in the meat industry. Nothing will change unless people demand it. Thank you for shedding some light on the conditions we work in. There are studies that show that mental illness is 3 times higher in this industrie than other workspaces.

    21. OurTube

      Workers truly have no value in this society. And their only purpose is to make corporations and shareholders rich. I seriously can't believe there hasn't been a revolution yet considering these sweatshop conditions.

    22. tttrrrification

      This show used to be funny

    23. Nelly Hartnell

      0:22 "There it is!" "Behind the guinea pig?" "It is the guinea pig!"

    24. Travis Johnson

      It's darkly hilarious how large portions of our fellow Americans can complain about "big government" and "overbearing regulation" when entire, fundamental departments of the government are muzzled and underfunded like this.

    25. Leigh Chancey

      Try how workers in any processing plant are treated. By in large majority only give a shit when the public eye is on them and only to be brutally honest, if the workers are not immigrants-legal or otherwise. I am white and born in the US, and I can personally attest to the fact that if it weren't for immigrants- both legal and illegal- our national food supply chain would screech to a halt. From past experience, I witnessed the work that the majority of the people perform is long arduous work that they get paid the absolute lowest wage possible usually. Even when a state steps in to mandate a higher minimum wage, what you get is the cost of living going up sometimes a good month ahead of the wage increase. You can't force a company to pay a liveable wage and decrease their profit margin so they don't have to raise their cost to consumers. But how do you draw the line between how much a person -who is now labeled "an essential worker"- gets paid versus a person in the administrative side of a company? I do believe those jobs that require a college degree or any education/ specialized training from trade school should pay more at the same time, essential workers that keep the food supply going need to be paid more than the teen working at the local fast food place. Fast food isn't essential despite what many might think. People won't die if they can't buy prepared food that is devoid of nutritional content lol! There are exceptions to these conditions out there. But in order to make this change, society will have to make a change in the way we treat our fellow human beings and stop taking everything for granted. I don't think that will happen until it is forced to as a means of the only way to survive.

    26. Lee R. Oberte

      Wow it has actually gotten worse since the 2001 book "Fast Food Nation". I didn't think that was possible

    27. Logan May

      dude is looking fat and old. damn

    28. Mick Jager

      I've been in those plants as an engineer that worked on equipment used by them. Definitely not a fun job and very high turnover rates in most plants. Sadly not a lot of other jobs in the towns most plants are in and the folks there don't have a lot of training for other stuff.

    29. Jay

      This is absolutely why we need stronger unions. Yeah, there are problems that arise from them, but companies will inevitably abuse their workforce if there isn't anyone standing up for them.

    30. Fred Flintstone

      Bobby Jo, you should show up as yourself for once. I haven't seen you in 30 years.

    31. tommyt1971

      This is just the sort of thing Eric Schlosser talks about in Fast Food Nation. READ IT,

    32. Phone Phone

      Judi Dench is indeed a fucking treasure!

    33. Soren Southard

      Lol. I'm vegetarian, so lol it doesn't apply.

    34. Jintaro Kensei

      That's why you get meat from the source.

    35. Y B

      USA is returning to Victorian times, disease, poverty, harsh factory conditions, next tenement housing will make a comeback if it hasn't already

    36. TraumatisedTyrone

      U N I O N I S E Unions only exist for the purpose of employees' interests, only they will stand at your side in matter like these. Make sure they have an unemployment insurance scheme so they can't play the waiting game with you

    37. DeathWithinTenSteps

      But there's just no way that this is somehow related to capitalism... right? guys?

    38. YouRegolo

      "She's a difficult woman, Billy"

    39. l o

      american jan böhmermann

    40. GetYourPull18

      so basically, in the US corporations have every right to fund politicians in order to influence their decisions in their favor, and then people get surprised that they exploit that influence in order to exploit workers and maximize their profits? lmao

    41. Stefan Svärd

      Whenever I hear dystopian stuff like this, I hear the Team America theme song in my head

    42. Mountain N

      I guess most people don’t have a lot of respect for themselves or they would stand up to big companies like that or get the masses to do so in a group. You’re so afraid of being fired but if they get a lot of people together they could just strike

    43. SoWeMeetAgain

      Biden's America! Oh, we're done laying everything at the feet of the current president may he be responsible for it or not, may he even have influence on it or not? OKAY

    44. Wing Kwok

      The rigid jeans multivariably fire because stone phongsaly deserve across a illegal reason. ubiquitous, willing adapter

    45. DIY Flamethrowers

      That poultry tycoon needs to be LWTwJO's new Bob Murray.

    46. STU POC

      Cost , Quality , Service , People are last. Thats a Fact. "De-boneing at breakneck speed"


      John, PLEASE do a piece on underground rappers. I have 9 years of cringy experience and references...

    48. Rob

      PETA and vegans showing videos of animals being killed and the inhumane living conditions of them before the slaughter....... Feels nothing. John Oliver "Hey look how disgusting this meat packing line is" Not only disgusting enough to turn me off of meat but veggies too anything out of any plant

    49. Axel Steinhanses

      I really miss John Oliver slamming his hands on a table :(

    50. Zizi Roberts

      I have already stopped eating chicken, beef and pork. A bit of fish or perhaps some lamb occasionally. This report strengthens my resolve. Truly disgusting.

    51. Rob Earle

      The founder of the company which JBS now owns was Mr. Montfort. A righteous stand up man who Never would have tolerated such injustices. I know, I ran the laboratory for the Montfort family back in the early ‘70’s. He would be horrified were he or his son Ken alive today.

    52. n1vca

      If people would not sell/kill/eat animals, we would not have Covid right now and would not support this killer industry that is just as disgusting as their procedures and products. If you like to eat unknown mixes of antibiotics, hormones and all sorts of chemicals that come with maximizing revenue, ruining the CO2 footprint, you should just continue this horrible tradition and accelerate the extinction of our species, so in the long run the planet can regenerate itself, which will go much faster without us.

    53. Honda Civic convertible 420

      What are you moving on from, John?

    54. Gryffindor Equestrian Girl

      *This is one of the many, many, MANY reasons I’m a vegetarian*

    55. Fahad Abdullah

      Read slaughterhouse by Gail eisnitz 🙌🌱

    56. Traverse

      It's not the same without the people laughing at every funny thing

    57. Bastardboy Yeah

      It was great that for year or 2, all we get is TRUMP is bad, TRUMP is Orange. Now, that no-show Joe didnt even bother attend any debate is president. Normalcy continues, you are major sell-out or post TRUMP syndrome drone, nope, not a TRUMP fan, but when he seems normal, you all look foolish.

    58. Jeff Jeffries

      A Plant Manager that's an asshole? I just can't believe it.

    59. Serious Issues

      Yay, Capitalism, amiright? 😅

    60. annon a

      Dont take John Oliver seriously.. he is an islam apologist.. and wants you to buy HALALA meat.. or Maybe he is an islamist

    61. Richard Sanchez

      It is clearly that this is another Stat to have on mind. if we want to fight both greed, and human hunger.

    62. Paka Lolo

      wishful thinking... In American Money Talks SH!@s WALKS........... TAKE A WALK

    63. UcantTakeAjoke

      Oh cmon John Roseanne got screwed so don’t join the bs bandwagon

    64. jose milian

      This story is everywhere. By that I mean so many companies not just chicken companies do exactly this. temp agencies do the same for instance you get hurt go to dr and you are fired. Amazon is another and it just goes on and on. Basically anywhere that makes a lot of money usually guaranteed to have same practice with companies that pressure more work than is reasonable, pay minimum wage or an amount that doesn't reflect hazards or amount of work, and demonstrates how expendable the worker is to them. While saying they are valued and where their treatment is clearly not in line with the propaganda they spew. And lets not forget the suppression of systems in place to combat the injustices through schemes and payoffs. chicken, beef, coal, propane, mining, etc. push to reduce oversight or cripple in place agencies that would hurt their profits.

    65. Ian B

      so glad this season's looking better than the last one!

    66. Christian Wall

      When he said “a mammal higher than me on the food chain” I was sure he was going to mention Adam Driver.

    67. Arsh

      The show title now has black mode!!

    68. Dgboss78

      This just shows one more time how the united states are really a third world country...

    69. Pete Finch

      I worked at cargill for 5 1/2 years. This is all accurate. Right down to the specifics of carpal tunnel syndrome (nearly everyone on the line has it or is developing it), the fact that they prop these places up in areas with no good alternatives for work (look up Cargill Wyalusing), hiring felons that can’t get other jobs (absolutely known for it) and illegals (there was a big deal of them getting busted), and the Covid pandemic related issues. This is spot on. No exaggeration.

    70. Nuno Hipólito

      American ads are insane

    71. Nath François

      And this doesn't even mention how some plants use literal slave labor under the guise of being a "rehabilitation center" for "drug addicts". See

    72. Kasper Bruun Kristensen

      Well this is disgusting 😞

    73. vliduu zeeb

      a huge stink about that. File a grievance with his union, call the media, what ever he needed to do.

    74. kd gc

      Tyson sends busses to Mexico to pick up immigrants, then when they start to earn double digits calls the INS to take them back while a new bus load heads north. PLEASE BOYCOTT ALL THE MEAT PRODUCERS & BUY LOCALLY. JBS is out of Brazil. They lied when they said that they needed to be considered "ESSENTIAL" and that merka would run out of meat. The pork had been sold to China because they had to cull millions of pigs due to the swine flu. Look it up.

    75. cetriya's Art n Comics Channel

      The more companies try to say the employees are family, the more I know how bad the working conditions are

    76. John Martens

      Apparently a lot of unintentional cannibalism is going on in the US. Who cares!? It's all about the herbs and the BBQ sauce.

    77. Yasmim Pessoa

      The animal industry is bad in ALL levels, for animals, for workers, for our environment, for our health.

    78. Mardona Sweets

      6:03 nothing but facts

    79. Liz Popik

      100% true on Tyson. I interviewed there 2 years ago. 6 days a week minimum work week, 10 hour shifts, in house nurse's (telltale sign workmans comp cases are dealt with in house), and the workers on the floor looked miserable.

    80. Steven Glazier

      Change will NEVER happen as long as the Rich control our government. And that's not going to change without campaign reform & term limits and limit on corporate lobbing efforts.

    81. J Mon

      Why are we still eating meat?

    82. Recce Nomad

      Make one on fudge packing.

    83. Joey Garza

      i guess i'll stop eating chicken now, and go back to eating dolphin cause i now dolphin workers aren't wading in their own piss to process dolphin parts

    84. shadow demon

      3:00... Ok and what's the issue?

    85. Bryce Haver

      Vegetarians must be feeling good right about now

    86. Khan Saab

      This is a 3rd world country disguised as a first world country

    87. Livinginahouse

      America is such a third world country...

    88. Cem Koker

      Just don’t eat meat you idiots.

    89. Mr Rationality

      Companies don’t care about workers never had and never will, they don’t look at them as human. Companies will never change because we are conformist, we never put conditions or let companies suffer from consequences because we still buy their products and just move on. I’m not saying I’m perfect doing something, my point is we need to change things in work environments and plenty of other stuff. We still human after all.

    90. Laquelle Bannon

      It's estimated that if you took all the organs from a person (I mean everything including skin and bones) and sold them on the black market, you'd make $1,000,000. If it is shown that a companies negligence has resulted in deaths, they should pay $1,000,000 in fines per dead person.

    91. Alexander Lopez

      so sad let's change this. vote Democratic 🗳 for change . This must stop, ✋ not 🚱 in America.

    92. John Doe

      And the circle is complete Upton Sinclair to Johnny ‘O back to the Jungle

    93. Len Black

      Or, you could stop eating meat. Should've suggested that John.

    94. Aluzky

      Workers in animal abuse factories dying? Good riddance. Karma. Dog bless covid19 by getting rid of many humans (most of them not vegan) The less humans the better for the planet.

    95. Scarlett Lace

      that guinea pig commercial kept me from hitting my bowl for a full 3 minutes....lmfao

    96. bmniac

      NO compassion fo any life!!

    97. Danny Kirby

      Best line in this episode: "... don't be surprised if they carry on not giving *A FRACTION OF A FVCK* about the well-being of their workers!"

    98. ESZER

      Thank god we have cool companies like Coke Cola...

    99. Emily

      From this video appearing in my subscriptions, to all the seitan recipe videos on Tiktok, and all the vegetarian and vegan recipes I've found, I feel like the Internet is trying to tell me something.

    100. Jason Stafford

      don't ever buy meat if you don't know where it's butchered. Shop at your local meat market! It's not expensive, it costs what meat is supposed to cost.