Four workers at a Tyson Foods’ farm animal processing plant in Iowa were hospitalized with burns to their head, face, and torso today following an accident on the job. Two of the workers are in critical condition and were flown by helicopter to an emergency burn unit. Tyson Foods officials stated they’re investigating the incident, according to KCCI Des Moines.
This is nothing new. Tyson has a long and gruesome history of workplace accidents and has earned its reputation as a dangerous place to work. Despite Tyson’s pledge to create an accident-free workplace for their employees, horrific working conditions and injuries continue to affect their workers.
The Tyson business model is simple: Animals suffer, workers suffer, consumers suffer, and the planet suffers. People need to know that when they buy food from animal agriculture companies, they’re contributing to it. No amount of cognitive dissonance can change that reality. These companies exist because consumers buy confined, abused, and slaughtered animals. If people don’t like these outcomes — which should be inconsistent with their values — they should stop buying the remains of animals for food. It’s that simple. You don’t like it, don’t support it. You don’t believe in it, don’t support it. You buy it, you support it.