Meatpacking: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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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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  1. Minimax
    50 分 前

    Upton Sinclaire described production workers peeing in the slaughterhouses of chicago in the 1930's. Nothing has changed!

  2. Cody Kay
    Cody Kay
    51 分 前

    "make America great again" People with actual souls: we have the time machine, let's make sure Columbus never gets here

  3. joemikejake
    56 分 前

    John Oliver does a pretty excellent job with his sarcastic presentation of some pretty serious issues to consider. I, for one, will never buy another Tyson Meat product until I hear that the company has corrected the error of its ways. (I'm not holding my breath on that one.) The staff cuts at OSHA and the IRS, to name just a couple of government agencies, were initiated under Republican presidencies. Banging the "smaller government" gong, they cut a shitload of positions that check on various industries and taxpayers... and so what do you expect to happen after that? If nobody's looking, those not being checked go off the grid in their illegal activities. The heads of major corporations donate a boatload of dough to GOP candidates across the nation because they know they'll get something for their money. It's "Pay to Play" and it works... so it continues.

  4. FreddyFish
    時間 前

    The weirdest thing is when people place it on public media this is their working condition and almost nobody politically cares. I know a lot of Americans hate Government and lobby against as little Government control 99% of the time. But if a company can act like this you can use your government to enforce government to have at least some form of ethics. Companies won't do that, they have no incentive. Just a tiny little bit of ethics instead of this absolutely low bar. That's what we do in my European Capitalistic country.

  5. Clarty Boots
    Clarty Boots
    時間 前

    Land of the free!

  6. The Messenger
    The Messenger
    時間 前

    This is the most important post you will ever read. Every one of us has sinned against God. We’ve lied, we’ve stolen, we’ve sinned sexually, and we’ve taken His name in vain; which makes us liars, thieves, fornicators and blasphemers.. Yet this is only four of our many transgressions. The problem is, we can never ‘outweigh’ our sin with good deeds because God is perfect in Holiness, meaning his standard is beyond our reach. He is also perfect in Justice, meaning, he will bring EVERY sin to light. The punishment for our sin is death, and Hell; a place of Eternal Fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Fortunately God is also perfect in Love, so 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ left his throne in heaven and came to this earth. While here, he lived a perfectly righteous life, only to take the punishment that We deserved; Our sinless creator became Our sin, and endured a gruesome death on a cross for our sake. Right before he died, he said ‘it is finished’.. meaning, the debt for our sins has been paid in full. And on the third day, he defeated death and rose from the grave. So now, we can go free from the wrath of God’s judgement not by earning it, but rather, as a free gift of grace.. Except gifts can be either accepted or rejected. So this is what you must do in response; Humbly admit to God that you have sinned against him, and through gratitude in the sacrifice of his son, repent (turn away) from your old way of life. Then, confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord, your savior, and the ruler of your life from this moment forward (Romans 10:9). Do these things, and you will be saved. If you do so sincerely, God will grant you a new heart which no longer finds comfort in sin, but instead desires to read and obey his word. He will also grant you Eternal life in his presence; The greatest pleasure on earth doesn’t even come close to what God is preparing for believers in the afterlife. You’ve been informed; Now the choice is yours. What you do with this information will determine where you spend ETERNITY, meaning, this is the single most critical decision you will EVER make; And all of us here, whether believer or atheist, know deep down that every last word here is true. Jesus Christ awaits YOU this very moment. Don’t even think about sleeping tonight until you surrender your life to him, because your tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.. And as it is written (Hebrews 9 : 27); ‘It is appointed unto man ONCE to die, but after this, THE JUDGMENT’ . All glory, honor and praise to Lord Jesus Christ.

  7. shani yan
    shani yan
    時間 前

    "Make America great again." Every sane person: When was America great, again?

  8. Xi Jinping
    Xi Jinping
    時間 前


  9. Home Alone Gaming
    Home Alone Gaming
    時間 前

    JBS is one of the worst and most corrupt companies in the world...there are other full length pieces out there but yeah they are real bad and probably the industry standard. more corporate welfare made law by the GOP...

  10. Jiggaboo Jones
    Jiggaboo Jones
    時間 前

    Straight up. No matter where you work, your bosses and managers do NOT care about you.

    1. shani yan
      shani yan
      時間 前

      Excuse me John, I believe you meant to say DAME Judi Dench

  11. peaou
    時間 前

    The rich should read Christmas Carol

  12. Cohl Furey
    Cohl Furey
    時間 前

    Yet another reason to go vegetarian.

    1. Paul Schmitt
      Paul Schmitt
      時間 前


  13. Talon Shepard
    Talon Shepard
    時間 前

    I just want to thank the whole production team and everyone responsible for last week tonight for making free content that is incredibly educational exposing massive amounts of flaws in the systems we live in. Truly heroic in the society we live in today.

  14. Élaine Doumont
    Élaine Doumont
    時間 前

    A bit more protection for workers won't cut it. Not by a long shot. We got a lot more workers protection in Germany. And yet there we had multiple Meat-Factories with similar problems. Especially some with massive Covid-19 outbreaks. Outbreaks that only made the terrible working conditions in those Factories of Companies like Tönnies know to the public. Non of Germanys regulations however helped in those cases. Leading me to my point: You cannot assure that the workers in a company will have the best possible working conditions if you do not give control of the company to the workers.

  15. Sujay95
    時間 前

    Land of the free, right? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  16. Ghalaghor McAllistor
    Ghalaghor McAllistor
    時間 前

    Oh, you need to take a toilet break? Just wear diapers and a feeding bag so you can keep working. Better yet, learn how to continue working while you're sleeping so yo never have to go home and just keep doing your job and slave away for your bosses 24/7! /s

    時間 前

    Sad and although the facts are compelling, I’m not optimistic that there will be changes without a significant job action.

  18. Fabulous Roy
    Fabulous Roy
    時間 前

    Holy shit I just took a test in history and we learned about this.

  19. Jeje Here
    Jeje Here
    2 時間 前

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  20. Mormodes
    2 時間 前

    The U.S. was and is built on the backs of slave labor? Color me surprised. Been like this for centuries. Glad you can show it off, since the fucking "news" people see everyday will continue licking the boots of whoever pays them the most (or owns them, like Sinclair)

  21. Enkel Trik
    Enkel Trik
    2 時間 前

    Don't eat meat, and if you do, don't eat shit meat that's cheap. Problem solved, move along.

  22. Joes Di
    Joes Di
    2 時間 前

    I can't even finish this video, John. 😔

  23. Headsnack
    2 時間 前

    Looks like it's time to break out the factory farm anthem!

    1. Paul Schmitt
      Paul Schmitt
      時間 前

      Nice Vegan Anthem, the recording could use a little polishment tho.

  24. Angel Lezay
    Angel Lezay
    2 時間 前

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  25. Bryce Creighton
    Bryce Creighton
    2 時間 前

    Excuse me John, I believe you meant to say DAME Judi Dench

  26. David Rewerts
    David Rewerts
    2 時間 前

    The solution to this weeks episode and last weeks Episode on the pandemic and meat packing is to go vegan.

  27. Golgotha_Mythos69
    2 時間 前

    "This country has Socialism for the rich, and rugged individualism for the poor." ~MLK

  28. sarthak khajotia
    sarthak khajotia
    2 時間 前

    please do another one on India. Really go all out mann

  29. William Rice
    William Rice
    2 時間 前

    I believe companies should be charged a percentage of their yearly profits starts between 3-10% depending on severity that DOUBLES with each infraction.

  30. Sam Vidas
    Sam Vidas
    2 時間 前

    11:05 personal timestamp

  31. Robert Frapples
    Robert Frapples
    2 時間 前

    DAMN! I hardly recognized John Oliver! He looks like he has aged 20 years since 2016 when he was sticking his foot in his mouth with his little "Do it!" dare to Trump. Goofy Brit! Maybe it's just all the extra new fat that makes him look so much older.

  32. cecily boyd
    cecily boyd
    3 時間 前

    I once got a box of breakfast burritos and the 2nd or third one I pulled out of the box had a TOENAIL in it. It took several weeks if back and forth between the company and I before I was sent an apology and coupons for more products. I sent them the toenail as proof in a prepaid envelope in return.

  33. arianna
    3 時間 前

    All this money that these companies and executives have... and now our politicians too.... maybe they should all retire?? Or maybe politicians could do their jobs and everyone would have more money to pump into the economy. It's not a great plan to let ,01% of the country have 80% of the wealth and just sit on it...

  34. M X
    M X
    3 時間 前

    The solution: Stop buying Tyson products. They have no intention of ever treating their hourly works with respect or dignity and their political ties run deep so they will never be held accountable.

  35. jechoon
    3 時間 前

    I wish John would call for a boycott of meat and all associated products from the biggest manufacturers. Hit them in the wallet and they’ll start paying attention. But he didn’t . When you eat your sandwich tonight, think about the thousands of workers who were forced to make the meat supply chain work in harsh conditions just so you can enjoy your bite .

  36. arianna
    3 時間 前

    ....not to mention employers can take out life insurance policies on their employees. Incentive to make sure to poorly train and enforce safety measures!

  37. Raoul Roar
    Raoul Roar
    3 時間 前

    The USA is a Hollywood Film

  38. Nick C
    Nick C
    3 時間 前

    "USA! Greatest country on Earth! Go freedom!" Literally Soviet-era Russia had NOTHING on current-day good old American propaganda. That's the one thing the USA really is a world leader in: Successful and covert propagandizing of it's populace.

  39. Shu _the_eden
    Shu _the_eden
    3 時間 前


  40. Lex Williamson
    Lex Williamson
    3 時間 前

    It’s a good day to be vegan

    1. Paul Schmitt
      Paul Schmitt
      3 時間 前

      Every day is a good day to be Vegan :)

  41. H Geez
    H Geez
    3 時間 前

    Wow an episode of John Oliver not referring to trump once ?????

  42. MD mohsin Sultan
    MD mohsin Sultan
    3 時間 前


  43. Micah Godsey
    Micah Godsey
    3 時間 前

    I live in Greeley Colorado and JBS smells like rotten cheese every time I drive by. Doesn’t surprise me they’re full of it

  44. rvScript
    3 時間 前

    Robot F^

  45. Bro
    3 時間 前

    Nothing is above us on the food chain

  46. davissae
    3 時間 前

    Bludgeon me with a long form critique of corporate food processing, you tea-swilling jackhammer

  47. Steven Wymor
    Steven Wymor
    3 時間 前

    Unionize! Then strike.

  48. ScrivoQualcosa
    3 時間 前

  49. hans3844
    4 時間 前

    Something we saw in my state was small towns that primarily relied on meat packing plants for jobs had the highest percent of cases throughout the pandemic regardless if people worked there because workers were going home and getting their friends and family's sick. this totally destroyed their medical centers and pushed them to get help in the city witch was hours away. there were more active cases in some of these small towns then there was in our biggest metro area with over a million in population. i really feel for our small town folks. these companies basically destroyed their towns and communities and seem to have gotten away with it :/

  50. Joel Olsson
    Joel Olsson
    4 時間 前

    It's crazy how far behind USA is when it comes to this kind of things. Hopefully they will catch up with the rest of the western world. "Keep them poor and they will fight for scraps. They will have to many problems in their life to do something about it." Think i read it somewhere 🤔

  51. Calvin Hobbes
    Calvin Hobbes
    4 時間 前

    Fuck, man. I remember when you were still funny.

  52. Lanchester Naanyane
    Lanchester Naanyane
    4 時間 前

    Another day in America.

  53. Joseph Jill
    Joseph Jill
    4 時間 前


  54. Phillip K
    Phillip K
    4 時間 前

    It's 2021 and time to ditch meat, folks. This industry is filled with unimaginable amounts of human and animal exploitation. 70 BILLION slaughtered every year for meat. The industry is a massive contributor to climate change and is unsustainable. Disease comes from and spreads in meat production. We got the swine flu from pigs, the bird flu from poultry, and covid has spread in these meat plants like nowhere else. All signs point in the same direction: Ditch meat. Today. We cannot support this industry any further, and the alternatives available are better than ever.

  55. Elder Sun
    Elder Sun
    4 時間 前


  56. Charles Fox
    Charles Fox
    4 時間 前

    What can we do? Stop buying their shitty product!

  57. Cory Cole
    Cory Cole
    4 時間 前

    Tfw your mom says you have Upton Sinclair at home

  58. Charles Fox
    Charles Fox
    4 時間 前

    Why are we surprised that the abuse isn't limited to the animals?

  59. BeastNation2009
    4 時間 前

    "just let the market regulate itself", they said.

  60. Kalvin Lam
    Kalvin Lam
    4 時間 前

    This is what happens when high level execs care more about their compensation over they lively hood of the bottom tier workers that do important work. It is possible for companies to pay their employees well and still turn a profit. In n out is famous for paying their employees well over minimum wage and giving them health insurance and plenty of vacation days. Their burgers are still inexpensive and they turn a profit.

  61. James Forestier
    James Forestier
    4 時間 前

    *cough* unions *cough*

  62. Penny Dupre
    Penny Dupre
    5 時間 前

    Its not just meat packing plants this is a problem within almost all industries. Or organization that hires a lot of workers. Its better to work for a small or family owned business. But they would have to charge more for their products and wares. One would think this only happened in 3rd world countries and China. But we get away with it because of lobbyist politicians and the uninformed population. And the rights of the people to form a UNION in the work place. Not to mention the great divide between those who have and the have nots. People go to work every day on jobs where safety is ignored or suppressed for the sake of quantity of production so that CEOs can get raises and investors can get profits. Small farmers are put out of business by politicians who are there only to line their pockets as well. Workers and the self employed are left with few options large costs for operations and unbelievable insurance expenses. Farmers are put out of business for companies that produce chemical ladened food intended to make it grow faster. It only takes a hand full of people in position of power and money to control how we live. And they say this is a country where everyone has equal opportunities. IT IS NOT. I could go on but there is no point until the masses realize that they have let it go on for so long that they will have to suffer greatly in order to begin to change things. Ask TEXANS about suffering due to not wanting to participate with the rest of the country through deregulations. They still don't know what has happened which is the result of making decisions based on what they have been told instead of what they can see with their own two eyes and experienced have in their lives after the big freeze. They are now being told its the fault of an IDEA not yet put into place. And they believe this because they do not think for themselves. Which is the point of providing them with low quality education. They are being trained to blame anyone and every one except those who are actually responsible for their problems. This is why segregation and inequality is important to big business. To create scapegoats. And people who don't have the good sense to see they have been gaslighted by those they choose to trust.

  63. IvotedBidenBaby!
    5 時間 前


  64. Beatriz Parga
    Beatriz Parga
    5 時間 前

    OSHA had teeth when I worked in the Hospital setting in California. We live in a third world country for so many. It’s gross 🤮

  65. D.P. Snyder
    D.P. Snyder
    5 時間 前

    Why I don't and won't ever again eat meat. Thanks, John. I recommend getting meat out of your diet as fast as you can. Most people who eat meat are eating suffering, antibiotics, and human slavery. Sure you can buy meat from animals grown on local farm. But I assure you, once you stop eating your fellow creatures, you wil never want to ever again.

  66. D HG
    D HG
    5 時間 前

    Despicable vacuous behavior and treatment of their workers by these industries. Thank you John Oliver.

  67. asymptoticspatula
    5 時間 前

    Hmmm reminds me of a book I read once...a famous one by Upton SInclair...(which is easily the most depressing book I've ever read)

  68. kaziabir1
    5 時間 前

    Tyson needs to go out of business

  69. Rebecca Albrecht
    Rebecca Albrecht
    5 時間 前

    Tagesschau ist besser. Amerikanischer Humor ist mir zu unbeleidigend.

  70. ziljin
    5 時間 前

    Watch Food Inc on JPmanage. It came out over a decade ago and it seems like nothing has changed since then.

  71. dawn linnell
    dawn linnell
    5 時間 前

    I hope you get a Peabody award for this.

  72. diane shirley
    diane shirley
    5 時間 前

    Stop eating meat.

  73. Jon Johnson
    Jon Johnson
    5 時間 前

    Typical Corporate america. People doing all the work get screwed while the paper pushers make all the money.

  74. John Morgan
    John Morgan
    6 時間 前

    Even though I don't eat any meat whatsoever, I still feel part of this problem. Western society has truly lost its way

  75. somebody on the internet
    somebody on the internet
    6 時間 前

    So what day are we staring out civil disobedience protest? I thought this was American

  76. Unlucky776
    6 時間 前

    Thank you for bringing this up. With some luck more people will look into this. What a terrible situation.

  77. Kyle martin
    Kyle martin
    6 時間 前

    Upton Sinclair is rolling in his grave over this.

  78. John Smith
    John Smith
    6 時間 前

    Wow a john oliver show not devoted to donald trump, hired writers maybe?

  79. Crimson Cetra
    Crimson Cetra
    6 時間 前

    I'm so glad, I don't live in this shithole of a country.

    1. Paul Schmitt
      Paul Schmitt
      2 時間 前

      This is happening all around the World.

  80. TheTeamDavey
    6 時間 前

    John Oliver, you are a Marvel level hero for our time. You wield your comedic Sword of Justice with rapier precision, and like reverse Superman, your powers are fully expressed when you put ON the suit and glasses.

  81. pickinduck
    6 時間 前

    What ever happened to "Clean Meat" (laboratory grown meat)❓ We desperately need to get rid of slavery in this country. I'm not a vegetarian but I'm pretty damn close. People should NOT be eating this much meat❗

  82. Gold Mamba
    Gold Mamba
    6 時間 前

    Wow they were betting on how many would catch the 🦠. That and ole boy pissing under the line, I see why my stepdaughter with vegan. Some information you want to know but don’t wanna know, this episode shocked the fuck out of me.

  83. Jack F
    Jack F
    6 時間 前

    dont care, can this guy get deported please? who wants this guy around?

  84. Bob Weber
    Bob Weber
    6 時間 前

    I got screwed over by workmens comp, unemployment and the doctors provided to me, they missed diagnosed and operated on me that was unneccessary... and they never fixed the original problem! The U.S. insurance companies are corrupt and need to be destroyed! I have no respect for these assholes!

  85. Kira1Lawliet
    7 時間 前

    6:26 "When we're dead and buried, our bones will still be hurting." That has to be one of the most chillingly morbid sentences I've ever heard in my life.

  86. TRY HYPNOSIS with robito
    TRY HYPNOSIS with robito
    7 時間 前

    Hi John. You are a difficult person to contact. I offer on donation hypnosis to anyone and everyone to help people connect to their own subconscious and heal emotional and physical pain, especially during these crazy times. And I would really like to make contact with you. Please check my YT channel for contact details. ❤️

  87. Calamity o.O
    Calamity o.O
    7 時間 前

    When my partner was hurt during naval training, they made him sign a waiver while high on painkillers.

  88. ICU
    7 時間 前

    Boycott Tyson if you care

  89. truth seeker
    truth seeker
    7 時間 前

    Atleast someone is talking about these workers , in China you would be died at the very moment you try to criticize the communist party

  90. Megan
    7 時間 前

    Missed the point by a mile- "You can draw one simple conclusion" - STOP EATING MEAT! Our animals are abused, the people working in these factories are abused, until we find an alternative to factory farming and assembly line meatpacking, it is UNETHICAL to eat meat. As a humanist, and as a species that claims to love animals, we do a shitty job of showing it.

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    LEG13N LEG13N
    7 時間 前

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    Alex Ortiz
    7 時間 前

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  93. Awareness with Andrew
    Awareness with Andrew
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  94. Araxie Rose
    Araxie Rose
    7 時間 前

    Any time a company you're interviewing for refers to their staff as being "like a family", do yourself a favor and RUN. Nothing good is gonna come out of this situation for you.

  95. Eleanore S
    Eleanore S
    7 時間 前

    this is why i laugh when people tell me being vegan is extreme

  96. fireballtp
    7 時間 前

    I love it when someone tells me Unions and labor laws are no longer needed in this country.

  97. Star Smith
    Star Smith
    7 時間 前

    Amazon was only charged $1,500 for violating covid rules. There are over 500 workers here.

  98. Zachary Van Stanley
    Zachary Van Stanley
    7 時間 前

    If we really want to stop this from happening, we need to stop supporting these businesses. Buying from Tyson and the like is basically saying that you are OK with what they are doing. If you care about people or animals, stop buying meat. The problem is that Americans are unwilling to give up their comfort.

  99. Andrew Wilkinson
    Andrew Wilkinson
    7 時間 前

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  100. Auguste Eberle
    Auguste Eberle
    7 時間 前

    Another set of reasons why my cousin is vegetarian.