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!

    ajaopifyajaopifyPrije 17 minuta
  • This totally makes me think of Captain Awkward's "but _faaaaaamily_...." She's right that "family" is just an excuse to mistreat people.

    LizzardLizzardPrije 17 minuta
  • So basically the entire meat industry is horrible. From farm to packing plant. Thanks. I hate it.

    Something CleverSomething CleverPrije 17 minuta
  • I feel bad for the animals too.

    Dancing CandleDancing CandlePrije 17 minuta
  • can't wait for the episode where John finally denounces capitalism once and for all.

    Felicia JaygbayFelicia JaygbayPrije 17 minuta

    Chris KerrChris KerrPrije 17 minuta
  • 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 RoachPrije 18 minuta
  • I fucking love you man!

    NCal VeteranNCal VeteranPrije 18 minuta
  • 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 BackPrije 18 minuta
  • 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 BPrije 18 minuta
  • Great Video

    GingerBeastGingerBeastPrije 18 minuta
  • @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 DaemonPrije 19 minuta
  • me: horray! a new john oliver me 2 mins in "good... now im depressed"

    My Big Boi PhilipMy Big Boi PhilipPrije 19 minuta
  • “That is disgusting”. This has been a closer look.

    Eorzean ToursEorzean ToursPrije 19 minuta
  • I'm so proud to be a born and raised vegetarian. I'm 30 and have never eaten meat!

    Carly FerdmanCarly FerdmanPrije 19 minuta
  • 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

    Etherealfirefly72Etherealfirefly72Prije 19 minuta
  • So Tyson had a " dead pool".

    Jon BecksteinJon BecksteinPrije 19 minuta
  • Petition to remove the USA

    pape icassopape icassoPrije 19 minuta
  • 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 HRclubs algorithms now. 😁

    Sonia SoniaSonia SoniaPrije 20 minuta
  • 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 KPrije 20 minuta

    MeThOd MaNMeThOd MaNPrije 20 minuta
  • That stuff about OSHA loosing their teeth makes the OSHA unit of my engineering class seem quite silly in hindsight.

    AbsolX GuardianAbsolX GuardianPrije 20 minuta
  • 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 FosterPrije 20 minuta
  • All of these conditions and suffering exist because we buy cheap meat.

    Mel MedinaMel MedinaPrije 21 minute
  • Haven't watched yet. Ready for Iowa to be dragged.

    Annelise TarnowskiAnnelise TarnowskiPrije 21 minute
    • Surprised it took two minutes tbh

      Annelise TarnowskiAnnelise TarnowskiPrije 18 minuta
  • The interviewer: "how do you feel about wearing an adult diaper at work?" Potential employee: "I thought you would never ask..." 🤦‍♂️

    The LobosThe LobosPrije 21 minute
  • Go vegan ya brave smart capable fucks

    Charlie BondCharlie BondPrije 21 minute
  • Major Douche' thinks he's clever and oh-so-witty. Libtard facist.

    17 7617 76Prije 21 minute
  • 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.

    donkeysuniteddonkeysunitedPrije 21 minute
  • Thank you for your work!

    RebeccaRebeccaPrije 21 minute
  • Ja que não tem Greg News... Cheers from Brazil

    Fernando ZomeFernando ZomePrije 21 minute
  • So American companies treat their workers like toilet paper? Never heard of that. totally new.

    First Name Last NameFirst Name Last NamePrije 21 minute
  • 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 1989Prije 21 minute
  • 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 RollsPrije 22 minuta
  • 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 GripPrije 22 minuta
  • Welcome to the jungle* Upton Sinclair

    Jaime ScottJaime ScottPrije 22 minuta
  • 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 KPrije 23 minuta
  • If they take away meat that's it, I'm going ham.

    a1b1c184a1b1c184Prije 23 minuta
  • 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 CastroPrije 23 minuta

    Ramen BoyRamen BoyPrije 23 minuta
  • Animal Agriculture is inherently disgusting & evil. This is no surprise unfortunately.

    Lotus McMillianLotus McMillianPrije 23 minuta
  • 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 JudgePrije 23 minuta
  • I thought John said Haole workers not hourly hahaha

    RD EnduroRD EnduroPrije 23 minuta
  • Impossible 🍔

    Alonzo JohnsonAlonzo JohnsonPrije 23 minuta
  • I wonder if the meat industry is going to try to destroy John Oliver after this

    Sam WaldmanSam WaldmanPrije 24 minuta
  • 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 LiwanagPrije 24 minuta
  • 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 MoorePrije 24 minuta
  • Beyond meat

    Alonzo JohnsonAlonzo JohnsonPrije 24 minuta
  • Working back of house in a restaurant should be mandatory

    Hayao KakizakiHayao KakizakiPrije 24 minuta
  • In house meat packing nurses remind me of Sick Call, hahahahahaha.

    John FajerJohn FajerPrije 24 minuta
  • Why aren’t workers in a union? And why hasn’t there been talks of unionizing workers?

    Patrick O'KeefePatrick O'KeefePrije 24 minuta
  • 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 TeelPrije 24 minuta
  • 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 CPrije 25 minuta
  • An episode on Amazon workers unionizing please

    Bhargav Sai NeelatiBhargav Sai NeelatiPrije 25 minuta
  • Welp I've lost my appetite

    Brain Dead By DefaultBrain Dead By DefaultPrije 25 minuta
  • 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 popovPrije 25 minuta
  • Stop eating factory farm meat. Support your local farmers.

    Mad Moon MamaMad Moon MamaPrije 26 minuta
  • 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 LabsPrije 26 minuta
  • 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...

    Holzi24Holzi24Prije 26 minuta
  • 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.

    iokuok2iokuok2Prije 26 minuta
  • 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 LawrencePrije 26 minuta
  • lord I hate this country even more every day I exist

    JaybirdJaybirdPrije 26 minuta
  • Why would over 1k give a thumbs down to human conveyor belts? Smh...

    ForLorNVuLgaRForLorNVuLgaRPrije 26 minuta
  • Here for the comments and not surprised😂I’m surprised it’s somehow #1 on trending

    Chris PyneChris PynePrije 27 minuta
  • So, basically the greatest country in the world in a nutshell once again....

    Sam KantSam KantPrije 27 minuta

    Odonian ExpatOdonian ExpatPrije 27 minuta
  • Does anybody have any tips on growing subscribers. I'm trying to hit 100 so I can have my own link.

    Benjamin BarksdaleBenjamin BarksdalePrije 27 minuta
  • 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 DorazioPrije 27 minuta
  • That video of the corporate workers getting random fitness breaks really gave me "sorry to bother you" vibes

    Evelyn DillEvelyn DillPrije 27 minuta
  • I'm glad more Americans are finally starting to see that their country only functions because of intentional dysfunction.

    Oreos&MilkOreos&MilkPrije 27 minuta
  • Didnt TR, the USDA and the progressive era handle this? Oh wait conservatives want to undo everything

    Kyle WKyle WPrije 28 minuta
  • Unions, Unions, Unions... unions with actual pull

    Shannon PairShannon PairPrije 28 minuta
  • $$Blue buy now 🍢 I heard there was something about blue and innuendo on elon's Twitter

    StockOpocalypse Reverent Of Middle ClassStockOpocalypse Reverent Of Middle ClassPrije 28 minuta
  • Yeah this country is fucked up but it’s the least shity honestly

    AxflAxflPrije 29 minuta
  • Of course iowa would be on this episode

    Platinum_ChaosPlatinum_ChaosPrije 29 minuta
  • 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 HPrije 29 minuta
  • Dont ever say again that this isnt America...cuz IT IS AMERICA AND THIS IS WHO WE ARE.

    Kimberly WintersKimberly WintersPrije 29 minuta
  • Tell me you live in America without telling me you live in America

    Magician12345Magician12345Prije 29 minuta
  • If your boss bet you would get sick you deserve to be punched

    Brandon FitzgeraldBrandon FitzgeraldPrije 29 minuta
  • Go vegan

    Orion CanningOrion CanningPrije 29 minuta
  • Texas literally does not give a fuck about human life.

    Vow DyerVow DyerPrije 29 minuta
  • If you don't want to be grilled, you probably have worms at the end of your food chain ...

    Markus MüllerMarkus MüllerPrije 30 minuta
  • 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 PiePrije 30 minuta
  • The beginning of this video made me laugh so hard 😂

    Anthony FanchinAnthony FanchinPrije 30 minuta
  • #@

    maya rimomaya rimoPrije 30 minuta
  • 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 :\

    McJohnsonMcJohnsonPrije 30 minuta
  • that ad at the beginning literally looked like a parody of what a perdue ad should look like

    Def NoodlesDef NoodlesPrije 30 minuta
    • You of all people shouldn't be talking Mr. "CEO of humor"

      Abraham NetteyAbraham NetteyPrije 17 minuta
  • If only our congress wasn’t neutered and could pass broad regulations that would protect the labor force

    Jack BloorJack BloorPrije 30 minuta
  • 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 DizoPrije 30 minuta
  • This isn't in all factories. This is a biased information of some factories.

    Jeremy ThelenJeremy ThelenPrije 30 minuta
  • There needs to be a special investigation in all billion dollar companies, all labour jobs, they need to be undercover bossed everywhere.

    Kimberly WintersKimberly WintersPrije 30 minuta
  • 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.

    MrOttopantsMrOttopantsPrije 30 minuta
  • #john oliver #bnb #btc #pancakeswap

    canada atlantacanada atlantaPrije 30 minuta
  • Let's all go vegan and cut the crap =) for the animals, for humanity, for the planet...LEGGO!!!

    Sonia DavidSonia DavidPrije 31 minute
  • Glad I’m vegan!

    CarolineCarolinePrije 31 minute
  • As a vegetarian, i feel like im ready for whatever this video can throw at me. Lets go johnny, lets dance

    SigmaSigmaPrije 31 minute
  • 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 AbendsternPrije 31 minute
  • Monstrous and utterly horrific, what a wicked company..."family" I'd like to see how he treats his enemies..

    Kimberly WintersKimberly WintersPrije 32 minuta
  • 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 PandaPrije 32 minuta