Former Slaughterhouse Worker: “There’s no argument there. It’s exactly violence.”
Canadian news outlet CBC recently ran a story on Scott Hoskins, a former worker at a chicken processing plant. Now a vegan, Hoskins originally worked in the “boning” department of the slaughterhouse, and later moved on to the kill floor, of which he stated:
“It goes so fast that there is no connection to what the chickens are experiencing.”
One of his responsibilities was to kill “runaway” birds himself, and Hoskins felt that something there was not “quite as comfortable.” He told the CBC that he believes his time working in the slaughterhouse “contributed to an unravelling of his personal life,” where he became “angry and aggressive,” and was eventually criminally charged for a “mutually violent relationship.” Noting that he was “being paid to kill,” Hoskins stated:
“The connection that I’m seeing throughout this is a positive reinforcement of a violent behaviour.”
Today, as part of working through his violent behavior, Hoskins has adopted a vegan diet and is participating in vigils at his former place of work. He told the CBC:
“I don’t even see an argument about it being violent any more. By definition, violence [is] a physical action with intent to harm, injure or kill something or someone. There’s no argument there. It’s exactly violence. I and others have justified that or minimized that for a very long time.”
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