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An­i­mal slaugh­ter leads to higher crime rates, stud­ies say

Animal Scene - - CONTENTS - Text by STEF DELA CRUZ, MD Pho­tos by DAN AN­GE­LES AND STEF DELA CRUZ, MD

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

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