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Slaughterhouses In Upton Sinclair's The Jungle

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Throughout time, slaughterhouses have been disgusting, terrifying and repulsive. They have had an extremely bad reputation for being cruel, unsafe and unhealthy. Furthermore, slaughterhouses have been noted for their uncleanliness and unsanitary conditions. In fact, they have been known as being excessively gruesome, with a multitude number of carcasses, animal feces enclosures and rodents throughout the property. Slaughterhouses have been ridiculed and persecuted without much understanding until the publication of the novel The Jungle by Upton Sinclair in 1906. The novel described and revealed the horrors of the slaughterhouses and meatpacking industry in the early 1900’s. After the release of the novel and its reveal of the appalling working…show more content…
Companies seem to avoid paying attention to the sanitation of their facilities and tend to neglect their workers health issue possibilities. “The presence of fecal matter from slaughtered animals, which can contaminate meat with high levels of bacteria such as E. coli.”(“Food Processing & Slaughterhouses” 1). In recent years, the production and form that meat has been processed have been more noted and concerning to the public view. Today the public eye is taking in more concern in the processes in which their meats. “1 in 6 Americans become sick with foodborne illnesses due to the horrendous sanitary conditions”(‘Food Processing & Slaughterhouses” 1). Feces and other contaminants flood the working environment of these workers. Salmonella and campylobacter are just some of the diseases that may develop in these disgusting factories and not even to mention mad cow disease. Within the recent years, the production of meat and the process of slaughtering has been scrutinized. Trends have indicated that the working conditions of slaughterhouses and the processes of animal slaughtering are not significantly changing anytime soon. These working conditions have not changed in the last couple of years and are not subjected to change for a very long time due to the lack of concern that the officials of the slaughterhouses and companies have for these sanitary
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