Sunday, January 30, 2005

Report slices up meatpacking industry as "unnecessarily hazardous"

"A new report from the Human Rights Watch alleges 'systematic human rights violations' at U.S. meat and poultry plants, according to United Press International.

The scathing 175-page report, 'Blood, Sweat, and Fear: Workers' Rights in U.S. Meat and Poultry plants,' released Tuesday, examined beef packing in Nebraska, hog slaughtering in North Carolina and chicken processing in Arkansas and reported unnecessarily hazardous work conditions and exploitation of immigrant labor.

The report by the privately funded human-rights organization accused large meat companies of using intimidation, reprisals, threats and fear of deportation to take advantage of immigrant workers. "

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