Canadians no longer want to work in slaughterhouses

Uccidere sistematicamente animali per lavoro è sempre più inaccettabile per i canadesi, i macelli faticano a trovare personale.

Working in a slaughterhouse might mean killing thousands of animals per hour. Moreover, numerous evidences across the world show unspeakable torture on them.


Macellaio al lavoro
Fewer and fewer Canadians want to work in slaughterhouses due to ethical reasons © Image Source/Corbis


Carrying out a similar job must be upsetting and alienating. In fact, finding people willing to work in slaughterhouses in Canada is hard work. The Canadian Meat Council, Canada’s meat producers association, has reported a shortage of 1,000 slaughterhouse workers, thus confirming this trend.


“Potential employees walk away after a couple of hours,” tells Werner Siegrist, General Manager of the Canadian Premium Meats, leading company in the slaughter sector. In Canada, unemployment rate is on the rise and the economic crisis unveils its effects: GDP has registered a downward trend for 5 months in a row, from January to May 2015.


Despite the lack of jobs, Canadians refuse to systemically kill hundreds of animals and to daily live in contact with death and desperation, in the name of ethical beliefs. This is a clear message to animal farming: a wage may not be enough to assist to certain practices.


Animali a pezzi in un mattatoio
Some 170 billion animals are slaughtered for food purposes every year © Edwin Remsberg/Corbis


Canada’s slaughter industry thus decided to obviate the lack of local manpower by looking for migrant workers. The Canadian Meat Council is in fact trying to ease the hiring of refugees entering Canada to fill vacancies.


However, this goes against the intentions of the federal Employment Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk, who said that “with tens of thousands of layoffs, it makes sense to hire closer to home. In the present circumstance, where we are seeing such economic hard times, it would be a very unusual circumstance where we had to resort to temporary foreign workers to fill a position”.


Bambino canadese
© Edith Held/Corbis


Sensitiveness towards animals is relentlessly increasing and the awareness of what really happens inside slaughterhouses is discouraging more and more people, at least among Canadian workers.

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