More evidence of the link between violence to animals and violence to humans:
In a recent study, [Criminology professor Amy] Fitzgerald crunched numbers from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report database, census data, and arrest and offence reports from 581 U.S. counties from 1994 to 2002.
“I have a graph that shows that as the number of slaughterhouse workers in a community increases, the crime rate also increases,” she says. [...]
Fitzgerald compared slaughterhouse communities to those with comparison industries — dangerous, repetitive work that did not involve killing animals. These were not associated with a rise in crime at all, she says. In some cases, they seemed to bring the crime rate down.“The unique thing about (abattoirs) is that (workers are) not dealing with inanimate objects, but instead dealing with live animals coming in and then killing them, and processing what’s left of them.”
And for further reading on this same topic, consider reading these previous Vegan Soapbox articles:
- Let People Care
- When Visitors Come
- Workers Suffer Alongside Animals
- Overworked, Underpaid Turkey Killers
- Race, Class, And Industrialized “Food”
- Resources For The Human Animal Rights Discussion
- Animal Rights Violations Beget Human Rights Violations
- Slaughterhouse Workers
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