Lives on the line: The human cost of chicken
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|Lives on the line: The human cost of chicken|
|Repetitive motions. Sharp tools. Harsh chemicals. Cold temperatures. A relentless pace of work. Serious injuries. Poverty wages. No voice on the job.
These are the daily realities for hundreds of thousands of poultry workers in the United States. They process the chicken that lands on plates in our homes, schools, and restaurants. And instead of sharing in the bounty of the thriving poultry industry, they suffer debilitating injuries, earn poverty-level wages, and experience a climate of fear which prevents them from speaking out.
These problems are industry-wide, but four poultry companies control nearly 60% of the chicken market: Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s, Perdue, and Sanderson Farms. As industry leaders, they can make changes to quickly improve conditions for their workers. Because they care about what their consumers think, we have the power to change this reality by speaking out today.