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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  • ajaopify

    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!

  • Lizzard

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

  • Something Clever
    Something Clever

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

  • Dancing Candle
    Dancing Candle

    I feel bad for the animals too.

  • Felicia Jaygbay
    Felicia Jaygbay

    can't wait for the episode where John finally denounces capitalism once and for all.

  • Chris Kerr
    Chris Kerr


  • Myles Roach
    Myles Roach

    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.

  • NCal Veteran
    NCal Veteran

    I fucking love you man!

  • Linus Back
    Linus Back

    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.

  • Chris B
    Chris B

    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.

  • GingerBeast

    Great Video

  • Salt Daemon
    Salt Daemon

    @5:47... have to stand in your own... somehow NOT AS ALARMING as the fact they are PROCESSING MEAT with a FULL DIAPER!

  • My Big Boi Philip
    My Big Boi Philip

    me: horray! a new john oliver me 2 mins in "good... now im depressed"

  • Eorzean Tours
    Eorzean Tours

    “That is disgusting”. This has been a closer look.

  • Carly Ferdman
    Carly Ferdman

    I'm so proud to be a born and raised vegetarian. I'm 30 and have never eaten meat!

  • Etherealfirefly72

    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

  • Jon Beckstein
    Jon Beckstein

    So Tyson had a " dead pool".

  • pape icasso
    pape icasso

    Petition to remove the USA

  • Sonia Sonia
    Sonia Sonia

    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 HRposts algorithms now. 😁

  • Joseph K
    Joseph K

    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.

  • MeThOd MaN
    MeThOd MaN

  • AbsolX Guardian
    AbsolX Guardian

    That stuff about OSHA loosing their teeth makes the OSHA unit of my engineering class seem quite silly in hindsight.

  • Chris Foster
    Chris Foster

    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.

  • Mel Medina
    Mel Medina

    All of these conditions and suffering exist because we buy cheap meat.

  • Annelise Tarnowski
    Annelise Tarnowski

    Haven't watched yet. Ready for Iowa to be dragged.

    • Annelise Tarnowski
      Annelise Tarnowski

      Surprised it took two minutes tbh

  • The Lobos
    The Lobos

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

  • Charlie Bond
    Charlie Bond

    Go vegan ya brave smart capable fucks

  • 17 76
    17 76

    Major Douche' thinks he's clever and oh-so-witty. Libtard facist.


    I have distressing info from a friend called Napoleon on the inside workings of the poultry industry.

  • donkeysunited

    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.

  • Rebecca

    Thank you for your work!

  • Fernando Zome
    Fernando Zome

    Ja que não tem Greg News... Cheers from Brazil

  • First Name Last Name
    First Name Last Name

    So American companies treat their workers like toilet paper? Never heard of that. totally new.

  • Damian 1989
    Damian 1989

    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"

  • Jelly Rolls
    Jelly Rolls

    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.

  • Grocery Grip
    Grocery Grip

    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

  • Jaime Scott
    Jaime Scott

    Welcome to the jungle* Upton Sinclair


    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.

  • a1b1c184

    If they take away meat that's it, I'm going ham.

  • David Castro
    David Castro

    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.

  • Ramen Boy
    Ramen Boy


  • Lotus McMillian
    Lotus McMillian

    Animal Agriculture is inherently disgusting & evil. This is no surprise unfortunately.

  • Arch Judge
    Arch Judge

    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.

  • RD Enduro
    RD Enduro

    I thought John said Haole workers not hourly hahaha

  • Alonzo Johnson
    Alonzo Johnson

    Impossible 🍔

  • Sam Waldman
    Sam Waldman

    I wonder if the meat industry is going to try to destroy John Oliver after this

  • Alex Liwanag
    Alex Liwanag

    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.

  • Robert Moore
    Robert Moore

    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

  • Alonzo Johnson
    Alonzo Johnson

    Beyond meat

  • Hayao Kakizaki
    Hayao Kakizaki

    Working back of house in a restaurant should be mandatory

  • John Fajer
    John Fajer

    In house meat packing nurses remind me of Sick Call, hahahahahaha.

  • Patrick O'Keefe
    Patrick O'Keefe

    Why aren’t workers in a union? And why hasn’t there been talks of unionizing workers?

  • Vasis Teel
    Vasis Teel

    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.

  • Ian C
    Ian C

    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*

  • Bhargav Sai Neelati
    Bhargav Sai Neelati

    An episode on Amazon workers unionizing please

  • Brain Dead By Default
    Brain Dead By Default

    Welp I've lost my appetite

  • aleksander popov
    aleksander popov

    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.

  • Mad Moon Mama
    Mad Moon Mama

    Stop eating factory farm meat. Support your local farmers.

  • Two Black Labs
    Two Black Labs

    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...🐷🐔🐮🤢🤮

  • Holzi24

    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...

  • iokuok2

    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.

  • Anthony Lawrence
    Anthony Lawrence

    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.

  • Jaybird

    lord I hate this country even more every day I exist

  • ForLorNVuLgaR

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

  • Chris Pyne
    Chris Pyne

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

  • Sam Kant
    Sam Kant

    So, basically the greatest country in the world in a nutshell once again....

  • Odonian Expat
    Odonian Expat


  • Benjamin Barksdale
    Benjamin Barksdale

    Does anybody have any tips on growing subscribers. I'm trying to hit 100 so I can have my own link.

  • Robb Dorazio
    Robb Dorazio

    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?

  • Evelyn Dill
    Evelyn Dill

    That video of the corporate workers getting random fitness breaks really gave me "sorry to bother you" vibes

  • Oreos&Milk

    I'm glad more Americans are finally starting to see that their country only functions because of intentional dysfunction.

  • Kyle W
    Kyle W

    Didnt TR, the USDA and the progressive era handle this? Oh wait conservatives want to undo everything

  • Shannon Pair
    Shannon Pair

    Unions, Unions, Unions... unions with actual pull

  • StockOpocalypse Reverent Of Middle Class
    StockOpocalypse Reverent Of Middle Class

    $$Blue buy now 🍢 I heard there was something about blue and innuendo on elon's Twitter

  • Axfl

    Yeah this country is fucked up but it’s the least shity honestly

  • Platinum_Chaos

    Of course iowa would be on this episode

  • Jonathan H
    Jonathan H

    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

  • Kimberly Winters
    Kimberly Winters

    Dont ever say again that this isnt America...cuz IT IS AMERICA AND THIS IS WHO WE ARE.

  • Magician12345

    Tell me you live in America without telling me you live in America

  • Brandon Fitzgerald
    Brandon Fitzgerald

    If your boss bet you would get sick you deserve to be punched

  • Orion Canning
    Orion Canning

    Go vegan

  • Vow Dyer
    Vow Dyer

    Texas literally does not give a fuck about human life.

  • Markus Müller
    Markus Müller

    If you don't want to be grilled, you probably have worms at the end of your food chain ...

  • Apple Pie
    Apple Pie

    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!

  • Anthony Fanchin
    Anthony Fanchin

    The beginning of this video made me laugh so hard 😂

  • maya rimo
    maya rimo


  • McJohnson

    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 :\

  • Def Noodles
    Def Noodles

    that ad at the beginning literally looked like a parody of what a perdue ad should look like

    • Abraham Nettey
      Abraham Nettey

      You of all people shouldn't be talking Mr. "CEO of humor"

  • Jack Bloor
    Jack Bloor

    If only our congress wasn’t neutered and could pass broad regulations that would protect the labor force

  • Nizo Dizo
    Nizo Dizo

    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!

  • Jeremy Thelen
    Jeremy Thelen

    This isn't in all factories. This is a biased information of some factories.

  • Kimberly Winters
    Kimberly Winters

    There needs to be a special investigation in all billion dollar companies, all labour jobs, they need to be undercover bossed everywhere.

  • MrOttopants

    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.

  • canada atlanta
    canada atlanta

    #john oliver #bnb #btc #pancakeswap

  • Sonia David
    Sonia David

    Let's all go vegan and cut the crap =) for the animals, for humanity, for the planet...LEGGO!!!

  • Caroline

    Glad I’m vegan!

  • Sigma

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

  • Lilithia Abendstern
    Lilithia Abendstern

    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

  • Kimberly Winters
    Kimberly Winters

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

  • Stunt Panda
    Stunt Panda

    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).