“American men on average eat 6.9 oz. of meat per day and women eat 4.4 oz” (Meat Institute). New pathogens are developing and finding their way into foods which is why the American people should know how their food is being handled and tested. They put so much trust into the meat industries when the public doesn’t even know what the reality is. “About 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases” (U.S. FDA).
It is difficult to say if the conditions were better then or now, simply because both good and bad changes have occurred in the past century, which causes the pros and cons to balance out. Sadly, the working and living circumstances are nearly too horrendous to exist. In fact, it is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. Despite the amount of changes in the industry, working in the meat packing factories proved to be a repulsive job, both in the 1900s and today. Thankfully, these works have inspired millions of citizens to stand up and promote change in this gruesome and cruel
The damages that are inflicted on their workers can be critical, life-changing or even lethal. The book provided more distressing news of terrible practices in this industry taught to the workers so that more meat can be distributed for profit. “He wrote that workers would process dead, injured, and diseased animals after regular hours when no meat inspectors were around” (Constitutional Rights Foundation). The industry provides more meat for their customers purely for profit. This causes the industry to be influenced to sell its meat, no matter the condition it is in.
Upton Sinclair wrote the Jungle in 1906 during the time of progressivism to portray the horrors of the labor conditions and non existing sanitary conditions of the meat packing industry. Jurgis and his family, immigrants from Lithuania, came to America expecting a prosperous life. The family dreamed of coming to America for a better life full of success and opportunity but as they began working in the stockyards they were exposed to the terrible quality of life experienced by the factory workers. The Jungle tells the story of a family of immigrants coming to America to gain freedom and portrays the dehumanization of the stockyards through the political corruption, inhumane child labor practices, and the horrific working conditions. Jurgis
They would bring in food, illegally, to feed their children. I hate that they had to go through all this trouble and pain, just to get a small meal. It was very dangerous, because smugglers were usually shot on the spot. The rations that they got were only “10% of the human necessity.” But little did they know, their bad situation, which was already killing many of them off, was about to get a lot
Although government is corrupt we need to identify these voting schemes beforehand. Unlike the immigrants in the novel, they were oblivious to the political corruption taking place in Chicago. They are uneducated foreign people in need of money, living on low wages at the verge of starvation. Packingtown is packed with swindlers, from law enforcement to bartenders to muggers, everyone loses their morals for money.
Blaire Carney December, 1, 2017 Changing Society DBQ DiPrimo 6 During the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, there was a great abundance of civil issues with American politics and society. Reformers are those people who not only took notice of the problems but also took actions to amend them. Society was such a mess that most citizens were in danger, be it from food unfit to eat before it was further defiled by workers and animals in the abhorrent circumstances found within most food-processing factories, illnesses spread through closely confined living quarters lacking ventilation or necessary access to bathrooms for basic hygiene, corruption, and bribery inherent in the structures of political machines, or discrimination
The city of Las Vegas has an enormous population of bully breeds, in residences as well as shelters. Many people have a misunderstanding about the breed in my community, because of the influence of the media. Most statistics show that the bully breed plays a big role in deaths and attacks. Sadly, people fail to realize that it is not the breed’s fault; it is the owners. Pitbulls are taken advantage of by back yard breeders and bad owners, and the only thing these dogs want is to have a loving home.
This was caused by the lack of regulations and laws which allowed businessmen to get away with paying their employees unethically low wages without benefits. This lack of regulations and laws also enabled business to cut corners, which lead to unsafe product, such as spoiled meat as seen in document 2, and child labor, which is seen in document 3, in order to save money. During the gilded era, corrupt politicians added to the problems and injustices. Document 4 shows this using a comic. In the comic it shows that the “bosses of the senate” were the politicians which were backed up by big business and corporations.
Researches have shown that each year, over 100 million animals are tortured and killed in American laboratories alone, including dogs, cats and more; this shows how far out of hand animal testing have gotten. It’s cruel and inhumane, which is why it has to end right now. If you disagree, you have to ask yourself: “Why not? Why don’t you want to end their suffering? How can you sit there and watch such cruelty?” Making animals test subjects are wrong, no matter what’s its purpose.