Animal slaughter leads to higher crime rates, studies say
Meat is murder” -- animal rights activists around the world expose the cruelty towards animals slaughtered for food under this tagline. What they may not have immediately realized is how recent research may give these three words a whole new meaning.
VIOLENCE BEGETS VIOLENCE
Communities tend to experience an uptick in crime once a slaughterhouse moves in. According to a 2009 study by Amy Fitzgerald and her team, the number of employees in a slaughterhouse correlated to the number of arrests made due to ) & and violent crimes. She believed that the inherently violent nature of their work could explain this curious phenomenon. The empirical analysis published by Fitgerald and colleagues mentioned the “jungle” hypothesis, formulated by journalist-novelist Upton Sinclair over a hundred years ago. In his 1906 novel, Sinclair criticized the existence of stockyard slaughterhouses in Chicago, calling it a jungle. He wrote about the horrible work and living conditions of the many workers employed by the slaughterhouse complex. Sinclair went on to theorize It seems breeding animals for slaughter also breeds violence towards people: As people continue to pay slaughterhouse employees to butcher animals, they are also contributing to violence in their own neighborhood. that earning one’s keep by killing animals and dismembering them might have contributed to the many brawls started by slaughterhouse employees. Citing Sinclair’s work, Fitzgerald believed the *+ / & slaughterhouse didn’t walls, instead spilling over and contaminating entire communities.
Slaughterhouse employment correlates to higher crime rates, which is why saving animals saves humans, too!
During a vigil for food animals with Metro Manila Animal Save, activist Alex Orlino says sorry and goodbye to a baby pig about to be sent to slaughter. Photo by Dan Angeles