Meatpacking: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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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  • I'm an athlete and a 25 yr vegan, it's easier now more than ever. if we turn to plant based and or vitro, jobs would be lost yes but much of the work force everywhere is on the brink of major job retraining anyway. All factories will all be completely robotic before you realize it. Thanks John!

    ajaopifyajaopify15 dakika önce
  • This totally makes me think of Captain Awkward's "but _faaaaaamily_...." She's right that "family" is just an excuse to mistreat people.

    LizzardLizzard16 dakika önce
  • So basically the entire meat industry is horrible. From farm to packing plant. Thanks. I hate it.

    Something CleverSomething Clever16 dakika önce
  • I feel bad for the animals too.

    Dancing CandleDancing Candle16 dakika önce
  • can't wait for the episode where John finally denounces capitalism once and for all.

    Felicia JaygbayFelicia Jaygbay16 dakika önce

    Chris KerrChris Kerr16 dakika önce
  • Just another reason to go vegan!!! Every time we buy animal products from these disgusting companies we allow them to keep profiting off the needless massacre of animals and their inhumane treatment of their workers.

    Myles RoachMyles Roach16 dakika önce
  • I fucking love you man!

    NCal VeteranNCal Veteran16 dakika önce
  • Fines for workers dying in a plant should be around the same as a EU GDPR fines: "$10 million, or 2% of the firm’s worldwide annual revenue from the preceding financial year, whichever amount is higher". That should incentives some people to take it seriously.

    Linus BackLinus Back17 dakika önce
  • how can we continue feeding Americas but at the same time reform our meat packing practices? Remember people calling for a shutdown that there could be massive food shortages if we dont think this through and have a solid plan.

    Chris BChris B17 dakika önce
  • Great Video

    GingerBeastGingerBeast17 dakika önce
  • @5:47... have to stand in your own... somehow NOT AS ALARMING as the fact they are PROCESSING MEAT with a FULL DIAPER!

    Salt DaemonSalt Daemon17 dakika önce
  • me: horray! a new john oliver me 2 mins in "good... now im depressed"

    My Big Boi PhilipMy Big Boi Philip17 dakika önce
  • “That is disgusting”. This has been a closer look.

    Eorzean ToursEorzean Tours18 dakika önce
  • I'm so proud to be a born and raised vegetarian. I'm 30 and have never eaten meat!

    Carly FerdmanCarly Ferdman18 dakika önce
  • I am at 14:11 of this video this is not surprising we know corporations are evil especially usually always and most likely when the pale skins are in charge they make everything worse John Oliver said it himself how many people are behind the desk and how many people are cutting the chicken and having their hands crushed and being told to sign s*** with their teeth. Eat The Rich dismantle the patriarchy

    Etherealfirefly72Etherealfirefly7218 dakika önce
  • So Tyson had a " dead pool".

    Jon BecksteinJon Beckstein18 dakika önce
  • Petition to remove the USA

    pape icassopape icasso18 dakika önce
  • Being vegan or vegetarian is not the answer. Former underwriter for large scale food distributors and manufacturers here. (Means I had to learn every ugly detail to offer them legal protection.) Fruit and vegetable growers have it bad too. They use migrant workers under horrific conditions. They are forced to go to the bathroom in the fields. They go for long periods without breaks and have poor living conditions. Children are still there too. When it gets processed, the workers are treated similarly to that of this meat packing olant. This means contamination and slave like conditions for all the food you are getting. Organic used to equal small farm. No more. Have you noticed a trend of all your fresh produce coming from Mexico? Yeah, we made a trade deal to take all of their produce and give them are over processed foods. Same conditions. Same issues. We now just made it Mexico's problem too. Big corp has taken over government. We need to remove seed patents, and have government sponsor seed development, classify junk food for what it is & raise food budgets to help schools, and support other farmers beside corn and dairy producers. Why can't we help the broccoli industry? Corp greed has taken the helm of our most basic need, food. Our power as a nation comes from an abundance of cheap food. Don't stop that. Just change it to healthy food. As it stands one virus/fungal outbreak could collapse our whole food infrastructure . If we don't do something soon we are headed towards a famine of global proportion. Thanks for reading. I'll insert a happy face for TRmore algorithms now. 😁

    Sonia SoniaSonia Sonia18 dakika önce
  • Human race has got stage 3 cancer. Some of the cells are depleting the nourishment from the rest of the body to grow into a tumours mass. The result will be the death of the human race.

    Joseph KJoseph K18 dakika önce

    MeThOd MaNMeThOd MaN18 dakika önce
  • That stuff about OSHA loosing their teeth makes the OSHA unit of my engineering class seem quite silly in hindsight.

    AbsolX GuardianAbsolX Guardian18 dakika önce
  • As a truck driver picking up from these places and the egg farm are the worst experiences to have. First there’s the stink that’s so strong you can smell it miles away. If that’s not bad enough there’s so many flies that if you crack your window for a second swarms fly inside.The craziest thing is seeing the shift change it’s like watching a concert let out as huge droves of people scramble to their cars.

    Chris FosterChris Foster19 dakika önce
  • All of these conditions and suffering exist because we buy cheap meat.

    Mel MedinaMel Medina19 dakika önce
  • Haven't watched yet. Ready for Iowa to be dragged.

    Annelise TarnowskiAnnelise Tarnowski19 dakika önce
    • Surprised it took two minutes tbh

      Annelise TarnowskiAnnelise Tarnowski17 dakika önce
  • The interviewer: "how do you feel about wearing an adult diaper at work?" Potential employee: "I thought you would never ask..." 🤦‍♂️

    The LobosThe Lobos19 dakika önce
  • Go vegan ya brave smart capable fucks

    Charlie BondCharlie Bond20 dakika önce
  • Major Douche' thinks he's clever and oh-so-witty. Libtard facist.

    17 7617 7620 dakika önce
  • I have distressing info from a friend called Napoleon on the inside workings of the poultry industry.

  • 6:35 "a worker .. lost a body part or was sent to the hospital .. every other day" Wow, that sounds like a really unlucky worker.

    donkeysuniteddonkeysunited20 dakika önce
  • Thank you for your work!

    RebeccaRebecca20 dakika önce
  • Ja que não tem Greg News... Cheers from Brazil

    Fernando ZomeFernando Zome20 dakika önce
  • So American companies treat their workers like toilet paper? Never heard of that. totally new.

    First Name Last NameFirst Name Last Name20 dakika önce
  • I find it funny how recurrent it is to hear John talk about a business model and mention that it is "controlled by these *(number that is much smaller than you expected)* companies"

    Damian 1989Damian 198920 dakika önce
  • Categorizing LWT episodes by their Magnus Archives fear: This one is pretty obviously the Flesh. In addition to the very on point 'meat packing' theme, the main issue is that people are only valued for their physical bodies and treated as disposable if those bodies cannot work well enough. The owl adds a little hint of the Eye, which is as it should be.

    Jelly RollsJelly Rolls20 dakika önce
  • is it me or does the meat packing plants look like something out of Breaking Bad? Very Meth lab-ish in presentation....just that the meat folks have more folks packed in

    Grocery GripGrocery Grip20 dakika önce
  • Welcome to the jungle* Upton Sinclair

    Jaime ScottJaime Scott21 dakika önce
  • Like many family secrets, they get swept under the rug to keep the family intact. Also a good read for the effects of Slaughterhouse work on employees. Slaughterhouse: The Shocking story of Greed by Gail Eisnitz. Many immigrants do these jobs, and it affects their psyches in horrible ways, the ones that work in the plants and/ or on the kill floors.

    MELISSA KMELISSA K21 dakika önce
  • If they take away meat that's it, I'm going ham.

    a1b1c184a1b1c18421 dakika önce
  • When I used to work at FedEx as a package handler, the items would come down the line so fast that it was extremely hard to be able to take a restroom break because of the way our work space was organized. If you're the first in your line grabbing items for the first three trucks, all your items would fall into the hands of the next 6 trucks/the other 2 package handlers in your line. The turnover rate was very high which meant we were often understaffed and sometimes had two handlers split 9 trucks. Sure you could ask your manager if they could cover for you, but not only do they have other things to do but you can't ask every time you need to take a quick wiz. I always went to the restroom before going to work and would only take breaks if I really had to go and I'm happy to say I never wore a diaper. So glad I only worked there for a little bit over a year.

    David CastroDavid Castro21 dakika önce

    Ramen BoyRamen Boy21 dakika önce
  • Animal Agriculture is inherently disgusting & evil. This is no surprise unfortunately.

    Lotus McMillianLotus McMillian22 dakika önce
  • At this point, can USA still claim to hate communism when they have gulags? Between the US army that sends people to jump on improvised explosive devices on roads to working conditions in warehouses and slaughterhouses, just call it as it is, the USA isn't a freedom-loving democracy, it's an aristocracy with more lawyers than common sense and a loud PR campaign.

    Arch JudgeArch Judge22 dakika önce
  • I thought John said Haole workers not hourly hahaha

    RD EnduroRD Enduro22 dakika önce
  • Impossible 🍔

    Alonzo JohnsonAlonzo Johnson22 dakika önce
  • I wonder if the meat industry is going to try to destroy John Oliver after this

    Sam WaldmanSam Waldman22 dakika önce
  • You call your employees your family so that they feel responsible to their job beyond the paycheck that they receive, in addition to the undervaluing that John mentioned. Same reason why we call people "heroes". Businesses love heroes, because they aren't paid for the services they provide to the community.

    Alex LiwanagAlex Liwanag22 dakika önce
  • Now you have a problem with meat packing? That's a really hard job that feeds the country. Dude you have a kid, shouldn't value your family more? 3:11 that's not acknowledging the sense people would have whom work in meat packing. One would assume they would have a dark sense of humor

    Robert MooreRobert Moore22 dakika önce
  • Beyond meat

    Alonzo JohnsonAlonzo Johnson22 dakika önce
  • Working back of house in a restaurant should be mandatory

    Hayao KakizakiHayao Kakizaki23 dakika önce
  • In house meat packing nurses remind me of Sick Call, hahahahahaha.

    John FajerJohn Fajer23 dakika önce
  • Why aren’t workers in a union? And why hasn’t there been talks of unionizing workers?

    Patrick O'KeefePatrick O'Keefe23 dakika önce
  • But like for real, I remembered when Zimmerman auctioned the gun and wondered why whenever I talked about it, no one knew that this happened.

    Vasis TeelVasis Teel23 dakika önce
  • Hmmmmmmmm I do not love my phone more than my dog. I mean wife. I don’t love my phone more than my wife. *Nailed it*

    Ian CIan C23 dakika önce
  • An episode on Amazon workers unionizing please

    Bhargav Sai NeelatiBhargav Sai Neelati23 dakika önce
  • Welp I've lost my appetite

    Brain Dead By DefaultBrain Dead By Default23 dakika önce
  • More government John? What is wrong with you, go back to UK if you want that bro! We need privet company to take care of shit like that, then abolished, that way no power gets to grow.

    aleksander popovaleksander popov24 dakika önce
  • Stop eating factory farm meat. Support your local farmers.

    Mad Moon MamaMad Moon Mama24 dakika önce
  • Curious which Mega-corporate meatpacker will foolishly attempt to engage Last Week Tonight in a public relations battle of wits/cease & desist lawsuit... Because Tyson has repeatedly done it before and LOST a number of frivolous “defamation” SLAPP suits at great expense to their shareholders...🐷🐔🐮🤢🤮

    Two Black LabsTwo Black Labs24 dakika önce
  • Just realized something. On this channel I’ve heard of problems that don’t exist in Europe. If a problem exists in Europe its a LOT worse in the USA. Still love how you Americans believe you are a first world country...

    Holzi24Holzi2425 dakika önce
  • Make sure you wash your chickens and cook them thoroughly--chicken processed by sick workers, injured bleeding workers, workers loosing body parts???, workers urinating on themselves, with no time to think or go to the bathroom, no leverage to call in sick or receive decent medical coverage, or workers with Bengay rubbed all over them? --or better yet one more good reason, just don't eat meat.

    iokuok2iokuok225 dakika önce
  • I've quit many jobs because I was annoyed by much smaller issues. I'm not sure I feel sorry for anyone who stays in an environment they feel has horrible conditions.

    Anthony LawrenceAnthony Lawrence25 dakika önce
  • lord I hate this country even more every day I exist

    JaybirdJaybird25 dakika önce
  • Why would over 1k give a thumbs down to human conveyor belts? Smh...

    ForLorNVuLgaRForLorNVuLgaR25 dakika önce
  • Here for the comments and not surprised😂I’m surprised it’s somehow #1 on trending

    Chris PyneChris Pyne25 dakika önce
  • So, basically the greatest country in the world in a nutshell once again....

    Sam KantSam Kant25 dakika önce

    Odonian ExpatOdonian Expat25 dakika önce
  • Does anybody have any tips on growing subscribers. I'm trying to hit 100 so I can have my own link.

    Benjamin BarksdaleBenjamin Barksdale25 dakika önce
  • When I worked construction, we had to do so many things because of OSHA. I don't understand why the restrictions are different. Oh wait, when's the last time you heard of construction lobbying?

    Robb DorazioRobb Dorazio25 dakika önce
  • That video of the corporate workers getting random fitness breaks really gave me "sorry to bother you" vibes

    Evelyn DillEvelyn Dill26 dakika önce
  • I'm glad more Americans are finally starting to see that their country only functions because of intentional dysfunction.

    Oreos&MilkOreos&Milk26 dakika önce
  • Didnt TR, the USDA and the progressive era handle this? Oh wait conservatives want to undo everything

    Kyle WKyle W26 dakika önce
  • Unions, Unions, Unions... unions with actual pull

    Shannon PairShannon Pair27 dakika önce
  • $$Blue buy now 🍢 I heard there was something about blue and innuendo on elon's Twitter

    StockOpocalypse Reverent Of Middle ClassStockOpocalypse Reverent Of Middle Class27 dakika önce
  • Yeah this country is fucked up but it’s the least shity honestly

    AxflAxfl27 dakika önce
  • Of course iowa would be on this episode

    Platinum_ChaosPlatinum_Chaos27 dakika önce
  • Asif you needed yet another reason to not eat meat. The list is infinite already. Take a stand people. The meat industry is thoroughly imoral on every single level imaginable

    Jonathan HJonathan H27 dakika önce
  • Dont ever say again that this isnt America...cuz IT IS AMERICA AND THIS IS WHO WE ARE.

    Kimberly WintersKimberly Winters27 dakika önce
  • Tell me you live in America without telling me you live in America

    Magician12345Magician1234527 dakika önce
  • If your boss bet you would get sick you deserve to be punched

    Brandon FitzgeraldBrandon Fitzgerald28 dakika önce
  • Go vegan

    Orion CanningOrion Canning28 dakika önce
  • Texas literally does not give a fuck about human life.

    Vow DyerVow Dyer28 dakika önce
  • If you don't want to be grilled, you probably have worms at the end of your food chain ...

    Markus MüllerMarkus Müller28 dakika önce
  • The meat industry is just overall horrible. Ethically and for the environment. There are so many great alternative food options out there if you just spend a little time breaking your habits. It's truely amazing!

    Apple PieApple Pie28 dakika önce
  • The beginning of this video made me laugh so hard 😂

    Anthony FanchinAnthony Fanchin28 dakika önce
  • #@

    maya rimomaya rimo28 dakika önce
  • If Tyson's CEO says his employees are his "family" and then turns around and treats them like that, then I think someone should do a check on his _actual_ family, because with that in mind I'm compelled to guarantee he's abusive towards them as well :\

    McJohnsonMcJohnson28 dakika önce
  • that ad at the beginning literally looked like a parody of what a perdue ad should look like

    Def NoodlesDef Noodles28 dakika önce
    • You of all people shouldn't be talking Mr. "CEO of humor"

      Abraham NetteyAbraham Nettey16 dakika önce
  • If only our congress wasn’t neutered and could pass broad regulations that would protect the labor force

    Jack BloorJack Bloor29 dakika önce
  • OSHA has put me into very dangerous situations because nobody that works for me has a license to operate a new model of towmotor. We all know how to operate a tow motor but apparently this new one needs a different license(pay money for the new thing). Many times I have had to carry 200 plus pound things up many flights of stairs because it is safer than using a tow motor. Thanks OSHA for getting my back, I mean wrecking my back!

    Nizo DizoNizo Dizo29 dakika önce
  • This isn't in all factories. This is a biased information of some factories.

    Jeremy ThelenJeremy Thelen29 dakika önce
  • There needs to be a special investigation in all billion dollar companies, all labour jobs, they need to be undercover bossed everywhere.

    Kimberly WintersKimberly Winters29 dakika önce
  • The thing is this is nothing new. I know that I'm not telling you anything mind blowing, but this has been going on forever. I raised two kids without meat. It's not hard if you live in a decent sized city, and you learn how to cook a tiny bit. Most people I know would never have any idea that I don't eat meat. It's just something we do. We taught our kids to not judge anyone else. It's just a normal part of our life that we don't put on anyone else. I'm not judging you or telling you what to do. I'm just saying it's not that hard if it's something you want to do.

    MrOttopantsMrOttopants29 dakika önce
  • #john oliver #bnb #btc #pancakeswap

    canada atlantacanada atlanta29 dakika önce
  • Let's all go vegan and cut the crap =) for the animals, for humanity, for the planet...LEGGO!!!

    Sonia DavidSonia David29 dakika önce
  • Glad I’m vegan!

    CarolineCaroline29 dakika önce
  • As a vegetarian, i feel like im ready for whatever this video can throw at me. Lets go johnny, lets dance

    SigmaSigma29 dakika önce
  • that's why it needs both systems to keeo each other in check - not everything about capitalism is bad and not every attempt of creating a society only based and socialism is really that good - do you need capital to build a society, yes but you also need a society which sees itself as a solidarity community to keep everything on a humantitarian level and that is also the reason why tax evasion should be punished harder + the money should not only be paid, but with interest - every tax evasion, especially the big ones, is a crime against society, because that is the money the system is lacking - hospitals, schools, prisons etc. - that is the reason why everything gets privatized and why the prices (& taxes) are rising

    Lilithia AbendsternLilithia Abendstern30 dakika önce
  • Monstrous and utterly horrific, what a wicked company..."family" I'd like to see how he treats his enemies..

    Kimberly WintersKimberly Winters30 dakika önce
  • I SO want to move to a plant based diet and now Impossible Burger is in grocery stores but it's $10 to $15 a pound! Ground turkey is $1 a pound. Imagine which one a single mother of four is going to buy on her $400 a week salary (before taxes).

    Stunt PandaStunt Panda30 dakika önce