MEAT LEADS TO CRIME, STUD­IES SAY

Animal Scene - - FUR THE WIN -

Sta­tis­tics re­veal that the num­ber of slaugh­ter­houses is di­rectly cor­re­lated to the crime rate in an area. Ac­cord­ing to a 2009 study by Amy Fit­ger­ald and col­leagues, slaugh­ter­house em­ploy­ment in­creases ar­rest rates due to vi­o­lent crimes, sex of­fenses, and rape. She the­o­rized that the vi­o­lent na­ture of butcher­ing an­i­mals was some­how re­lated to the uptick in crime.

Slaugh­ter­house em­ploy­ees re­ported be­com­ing in­sen­si­tive to suf­fer­ing, mak­ing them prone to vi­o­lence to­wards hu­mans, ac­cord­ing to Emma Richards and her team in a 2013 study pub­lished in So­ci­ety & An­i­mals.

Be­cause we love our ba­con, we pay other peo­ple to kill an­i­mals for us -- and this de­mand for meat di­rectly con­trib­utes to the crime in our own com­mu­ni­ties.

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