RapSheet on Animal Factories

| August 23, 2002

RapSheet on Animal Factories

'Would you like to know if the corporate animal factory that's planning to produce thousands of animals in your community is going to be a good neighbor?' Part of a campaign to protect the earth from the pollution of corporate factory farms, The Sierra Club, America’s environmental caretaker and watchdog, has spent two years compiling government records on the meat industry’s breeding grounds and slaughterhouses. Among the disturbing data from 630 factories in 44 states, researchers found water pollution from millions of gallons of animal waste flowing into waterways, entire slaughterhouses of contaminated meat, and numerous workplace deaths.

This 'rapsheet on animal factories' lists companies by both state and operator, ranks the Top (or bottom) 10 Worst Slaughterhouses, and provides a glossary of terms. The findings are grossly alarming: Their research on Tyson foods, for example, included convictions of conspiracy to smuggle illegal aliens at the Ashland, Alabama, plant, records of 17,280 pounds of recalled meat in 1998 at the Gadsen, Alabama, plant, and seven worker deaths in 1999 alone. Yet amidst these revelations on the country’s biggest food companies, the Web site also suggests alternatives, with a search engine and a link to the USDA’s Guide to Farmers' Markets.
--Abbie Jarman
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