Meatpacking: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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. tbailey264

    tbailey26437 minutes ago

    Horrific tales from meat packing plants? What is this, 1920? Oh wait, no, we just live in a third world country

  2. Lauren Pau

    Lauren Pau45 minutes ago

    The meat industry is just disgusting all around, it has no regard for life either animal or human!!

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  5. Merlin Jaeger

    Merlin Jaeger2 hours ago


  6. Matt M

    Matt M2 hours ago

    Another day John Oliver attacks low hanging fruit video

  7. Naphtali Musnyama

    Naphtali Musnyama2 hours ago

    ...and some Americans are more inclined to bleat about sweatshops in China, Vietnam, Bangladesh whilst their very neighbours are technically indentured. 🙄

  8. Hellion Shark

    Hellion Shark4 hours ago

    The freer the market, the freer the people, eh...

  9. Maloy7800

    Maloy78004 hours ago

    Dear Mr.Oliver. I have a favor to ask. I understand that in order to be popular in the "great" Britain and "the colonies" you need to dilute serious conversation by adding unfunny jokes every 30 seconds (yes, go ahead, viewers, CHECK). Unfortunately, I have come to like your videos, but, fortunately, I'm neither a brit nor a yank (neither are you, they WILL hang you by the neck one day). Is there any chance you could add a special montage of your videos WITHOUT those every-30-seconds stupid jokes, for people from countries where intellect is not considered a symptom of communist satanism? Thank you.

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  12. Alium Cepa

    Alium Cepa5 hours ago

    just like, close the usa down at this point

  13. Dave lon

    Dave lon5 hours ago

    I'm sorry, did he say that the weapon that killed an unarmed underaged was up for auction? Flag that auction for fktards will apply.

  14. Ryan Karl

    Ryan Karl8 hours ago

    Way to look out for your 1% Tyson/OSHA..America? Mr Oliver, thank you.

  15. J Lafo

    J Lafo8 hours ago

    Sad that this is everywhere. Got a serious neck injury from a machine at a warehouse and was forced to sign a release to get back to work. At barely a living wage... I couldn't afford the time off so signed away my rights to keep a roof over my head. At another warehouse different company, while assembling cheap bbq grills the drill slipped (cheap alloy screw bent/broke) and went right through my hand. Scrubbed out the debris, band aids on both sides since it went straight through, took a day off to keep injury minimally clean but if I went to a doc seeking relief I would be released. For this one I took the loss and saw the doc. Both injuries have come back in bad ways but what am I to do? Keep your head down and keep working if you want a paycheck. I can't afford more medical bills that I can't pay off in this lifetime. This is everywhere. Corporations have taken too much.

  16. dondoron

    dondoron9 hours ago

    The situation is similiar here in Germany and Austria. To circumvent the work safety rules, the factory workers are sub sub contractors mostly from Eastern Europe.

  17. mizzury54

    mizzury5410 hours ago

    So I wonder if things would change if "Americans " took these jobs.

  18. PB & J

    PB & J3 hours ago

    No, probably not, born and raised in Wa State, and my son worked, for a beef packing plant. He said that is exactly how it is. I am so glad he doesnt work there anymore.

  19. Alison Loy

    Alison Loy10 hours ago

    There was a great reason why we didn't allow industry monopolies. Our politicians and their pets are factory farming animals, workers and NOW OUR ELDERS!

  20. Bertrand Zerpersande

    Bertrand Zerpersande12 hours ago

    I don’t see anything wrong with betting on a number. The lottery does it. Sports bets involve two numbers. As long as they weren’t doing anything to try to manipulate the number, other than ‘downward as much as possible’, what’s the big deal? Not giving adequate breaks? THERE’S your problem!

  21. Bertrand Zerpersande

    Bertrand Zerpersande2 hours ago

    @PB & J Nope, making a wager on a number, a number which is not going to change due to the bet having been made, hurts no one. Except the feelings of overly sensitive wushes.

  22. PB & J

    PB & J2 hours ago

    If you dont see that placing bets, on what workers will get the deadly panademic, due to the work environment the ones who are beating created.......then there is no hope, for you......I really hope your comment was facetious

  23. ShadoeLandman

    ShadoeLandman13 hours ago

    Cluckingham Palace. Now that’s 😄

  24. 2Stonefly

    2Stonefly13 hours ago

    12:54 KAREN'S Karens"s everywhere!!! Run and hide. Karen has overtaken Tyson!!! .

  25. 2Stonefly

    2Stonefly13 hours ago

    My Mom, at 16 year old, worked in a chicken processing factory back in the 1960's. To this day, she still hates eating chicken.

  26. Justin Hopkins

    Justin Hopkins14 hours ago

    We can thank Republicans for the poor treatment of workers.

  27. Jimmy Webb

    Jimmy Webb15 hours ago

    I don't buy Tyson anything because it's low grade. I had no idea they treat their workers like chickens too.

  28. Harpastan Man

    Harpastan Man16 hours ago

    Are the 5 thousand thumbs downs just company owners getting mad at the facts slapping them in the face? Selfish greedy fucks.

  29. Bellesativa

    Bellesativa16 hours ago

    Going Keto, you eat more meat fat which is more filling, less lean meat, less processed meat, spend less money on meat so you can afford to buy organic meats from local ranchers you know and trust, and lose weight without going hungry.

  30. Dean Pruitt

    Dean Pruitt16 hours ago

    No one wants to talk about how there’s only enough beef to supply 60% of what we’re eating there’s not enough beef on this planet to support the United States so 40% of your burger is a protein substance filler what is the filler do you know McDonald’s has their scientists who genetically make their meat taste good and add flavor they admit this what’s the flavor human DNA cow do you neither growing proteins Slery but from who and from what

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  33. Hazel

    Hazel17 hours ago

    Even longer term solution: End the meat industry altogether. The future is plant-based.

  34. Lisa Johnson

    Lisa Johnson11 hours ago


  35. Rikki Slonce

    Rikki Slonce17 hours ago

    It's stuff like this that makes me feel ashamed to be called an American. I really hope I die in another country so I don't have to make my family visit America to see me.

  36. dirtbag1713

    dirtbag171317 hours ago

    Sad thing is this is how it goes at any company with divided corporate and physical labor. Send the desk jockeys on 10 vacations a year while the people on the line can't take 1 sick day.

  37. Liberty Springs

    Liberty Springs17 hours ago

    Well, still better than factories in China🤷

  38. Over Toasted

    Over Toasted17 hours ago

    Simple: stop eating meat.

  39. Sina Roughani

    Sina Roughani17 hours ago

    So, you're saying go vegan, but your sponsors aren't letting you because they're complicit?

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  41. Stragos Slizenberg

    Stragos Slizenberg18 hours ago

    I was expecting the 3rd most important thing to be Adam Driver

  42. Bryan Torresdey

    Bryan Torresdey18 hours ago

    Just Go Vegan

  43. Dimitar Dimitrov

    Dimitar Dimitrov19 hours ago

    No context given on the number of employees at the factories. How do we know the % of employees contracting the & dying from the virus is more than the average for the state/country? It's numbers taken out of context.

  44. Dimitar Dimitrov

    Dimitar Dimitrov10 hours ago

    @Vaya Notaro but that's how he framed it. I want to make that conclusion on my own. I'm not saying the video is a scam, just that it could be presented a bit more independent manner

  45. Vaya Notaro

    Vaya Notaro13 hours ago

    well I feel like the fact that they're all in close proximity to each other, with no bathroom breaks, and what seems like an already unhygienic workplace- could result to something over the national average

  46. Kaiannanthi

    Kaiannanthi19 hours ago

    These plants are also in 'right to work' states which actively discourage any union ideation.

  47. Smunstu Stinkymonster

    Smunstu Stinkymonster19 hours ago

    It occurs to me that America is self-destructing... we need to spend money to solve problems but trust in the government is so low we dont really feel confident trusting them with the money.

  48. Teresa Kusic

    Teresa Kusic19 hours ago

    The fuck happened to Teddy Roosevelt's laws for worker safety and such in the meat packing industry. It was bad then too. He reformed laws and created laws because body parts and such were found in meat packages etc. He did this after reading "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair.. The fuck happened?

  49. Helixdragon

    Helixdragon19 hours ago

    Chinees company's own some of these?

  50. ak0e

    ak0e20 hours ago

    It's sad that America's meat is owned by China and Brazil..

  51. Anduin

    Anduin20 hours ago

    Friendly reminder that every single problem John listed in this video is caused by metastasized capitalism.

  52. buffalo bill

    buffalo bill20 hours ago

    John Oliver a twat

  53. Carole Trapp

    Carole Trapp21 hour ago

    It does not surprise me and yet the poor earning repub thinks this is fine. If people, who can, would quit voting for corporation control this could be stopped.

  54. Damian Allen

    Damian Allen21 hour ago

    Slavery truly is worse now than ever before in this country.

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  56. Mr Random

    Mr Random23 hours ago

    Whew, thank god I live in Finland! No offence Americans, but we have decent working conditions in comparison.

  57. Lady Luna Grimm

    Lady Luna GrimmDay ago

    I refuse to buy Tyson anything its gross!! PERIOD.

  58. DeRosset Myers

    DeRosset MyersDay ago

    It's a little hard for me to feel sorry for people who work in animal agriculture, but something really needs to be done about the higher-ups who treat their floor workers so disposably. Shutting slaughterhouses and meat packing plants down and forcing their owners to change industries sounds like a good place to start.

  59. Celina Skailand

    Celina SkailandDay ago

    When they don’t care about the lives and well-being of animals, why would they care about the well-being of humans?

  60. Mojo Joji

    Mojo JojiDay ago

    I had to work with a broken hand....I’m a security guard...

  61. Erik Schminke

    Erik SchminkeDay ago

    JBS's * REVENUE* was 50 Billion... revenue is not profit Their profit was roughly .2% of their revenue

  62. alex aruba

    alex arubaDay ago

    I think the true problem I'm America is most people rely on other people to survive. This is why I moved to a bigger property with the main purpose to homestead. Growing and raising your own food is something 99% of people don't want to do. Give a man a fish and they eat for one day teach them how to fish and they can eat forever. Stop blaming others for issues we can solve by not purchasing corporate products.

  63. Botto Jonsey

    Botto JonseyDay ago

    John knows about meat packing

  64. Dr. Simple Beauty 300

    Dr. Simple Beauty 300Day ago

    That Zimmerman auctioning the gun story is more disgusting than the man peeing on the floor.

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  66. Thomas Remme

    Thomas RemmeDay ago

    Yet another episode of OMFG I am so glad I don't live in the US... *sigh*

  67. Zachary Lindahl

    Zachary LindahlDay ago

    Yay capitalism 🚩

  68. TTS S

    TTS SDay ago

    What is this man talking about? He missed his meds for weeks, it appears...

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  71. Yuca Fries

    Yuca FriesDay ago

    When did John Oliver become unfunny

  72. Tierra Petersen

    Tierra PetersenDay ago

    The meatpacking industry sounds horrible, but it's not just the meatpacking industry. It's corporate. I've had jobs where is we were busy there were no breaks. I got written up for going to the bathroom twice, while customers were waiting. I've seen people get fired because they got an injury. But I'm pretty sure the meatpackers have it worse since they are being taken advantage of if they are immigrants. But anyone that's ever worked a line knows you can't leave to piss, so it really is not surprising to me that people would were diapers, no joke, I've thought about it. People are being treated like machines in every low-level corporate job and people are treated as disposable, especially in rural places where work is hard to find.

  73. Ja Ja DingDong

    Ja Ja DingDongDay ago

    This show has really gone down hill

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    Israfel El elyonDay ago

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  76. jocodabest

    jocodabestDay ago

    Go vegan.

  77. ChopStickSoSushi

    ChopStickSoSushiDay ago

    Wow I've grown up with the understanding that Oshia was basicly the Law and even misleading an investigator would get your company fined or shut down

  78. Follow the white rabbit

    Follow the white rabbitDay ago

    But tbh, stop buying a chicken for a few dollars. What do you expect... I cant even raise a egg to a hatchling for the price you pay for a full chicken,

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  80. MvD

    MvDDay ago

    I've read about a foot down the list of comments; so far, no mention of meatless Mondays. We live in Pottersville (It's a Wonderful Life) and a grubby bunch of "garlic eaters" the lot of us. Capitalists depend on a docile, easily-duped populace devoid of any capacity or desire to act rationally. George Bush the afterthought confirmed this serf-building sentiment in his first State of the Union address: "Get down to Disney World in Florida," he said. "Take your families and enjoy life, the way we want it to be enjoyed." Notice he specifically doesn't say the way YOU want it to be enjoyed, which reasonably might be expected to be with a lot less meat.

  81. John Schmidt

    John SchmidtDay ago

    We need a sequel to Sinclair’s, “The Jungle.”

  82. Sshh Quiet

    Sshh QuietDay ago

    It sounds like slave labor. What is needed perhaps is a revision to the Emancipation Proclamation and Append Amendments to it that state things like 1) minimum wage PLUS danger money to at least $20 per hour; 2) Workplace safety standards and breaks consistent with a civilized industrial country like the U.S.; and 3) To get rid of shambolic contractual sign-offs that essentially destroy your health, block your legal rights to compensation and even death benefits; and essentially create a violently hostile dangerous workplace environment.

  83. Roy Rogers

    Roy RogersDay ago

    The border is extremely important to these companies bottom line

  84. Aden Anthony

    Aden AnthonyDay ago

    I am friends with related to many plant workers. Oil companies are just as bad. in no way does the plant give a fuck about anybody there, they have had covid shut downs and lockdowns, people getting covid all the fuckin time it's ridiculous.

  85. hinsonian

    hinsonianDay ago

    there's a book called Slaughterhouse, 2006, that covers all this. PLEASE READ. Not new, need new laws to protect people AND ANINALS. Torture is a crime

  86. Logan Ahern

    Logan AhernDay ago

    Love that they always find some funny video to go along with their sad story

  87. Kfroguar

    KfroguarDay ago

    I'm sorry but I am still so confused about what a violent gerbil attack has to do with TV dinners. I legitimately do not understand the connection they're trying to make

  88. SilverXT

    SilverXTDay ago

    @LastWeekTonight I need a clean version so I can show this to my students! We're learning about the industrial revolution and they need to see this! but robot fucking a soup.. can't show that.. :'(

  89. Vaya Notaro

    Vaya Notaro13 hours ago

    Skip ahead on those parts

  90. DJ I Love Music

    DJ I Love MusicDay ago

    Im just glad he finally quit talking about Trump man that was exhausting and I genuinely like the show

  91. hawaiisunfun

    hawaiisunfunDay ago

    go vegan - we don't need this video! Fire the companies with the workers

  92. Carlos Spicyweiner

    Carlos SpicyweinerDay ago

    How can people not see that capitalism is beyond disgusting now? ... it's putrid.

  93. Mindset Club

    Mindset ClubDay ago

    That's why folks change your mindset and change your goals in life. Nobody deserves to undergo these kind of work enveironment that is modern day slavery. Fall down 7 times but stand up 8..

  94. Mindset Club

    Mindset ClubDay ago

    Makes you wonder who is better off the chickens or the employees?

  95. Pete Hay

    Pete HayDay ago

    just another bullshit hit piece attacking the meat industry paid for by PETA....

  96. Jen Gilbert

    Jen GilbertDay ago

    Processing 35+ chickens per min seems like an excellent way to spread antibiotic resistant campylobacter

  97. WingsWithFeet

    WingsWithFeetDay ago

    How about more unions instead of more regulations. Regulations are needed and useful, but don't be surprised when the OSHA can't properly protect workers, the government will always lean towards the interests of companies. We need to empower the workers!!!

  98. Jeffrey Butts

    Jeffrey ButtsDay ago

    This guy probably eats meat. Go vegan to take some personal responsibility.

  99. Vaya Notaro

    Vaya Notaro13 hours ago

    your last name is butts

  100. Brandon Oliver

    Brandon OliverDay ago

    I work for JBS and this is honestly the way we're treated. We're told family comes first and btw we're your only family. The virus keeps cropping up in our facility and they refuse to admit that it is in our facility.

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  103. patrick buhr

    patrick buhrDay ago

    Meat packers that rump insisted keep working with no protection must get u.s. citizenship and their families. Instantly.

  104. Bouhhg Z

    Bouhhg ZDay ago

    You know - watching this segment has me thinking; with all this bickering we do with each other like opposing terrorist organizations based on political/religious philosophies & such - how IS it we've (and I mean the craziest of 'we") never gone after the owners or CEOs & their 'partners in crime' to make conditions like this a usual thing? - this is absolutely ludicrous. Its like all the laws changed to make work conditions decent back in the 1930s never happened.

  105. Darth Kakarot

    Darth KakarotDay ago

    i cant believe this guy is famous... he would rather make the problem worse then lift his finger to help....this is whats wrong with the world.... fuck this guy

  106. J O

    J ODay ago

    I used to work at a Cargill meat packing plant, one of the Union line workers asked his supervisor for a bathroom break five times over the course of an hour the supervisor yelled and screamed and wouldn't allow him to take a bathroom break. The union rep for that worker came over and also yelled and screamed at the worker to get back to work. The worker was an older man in his 60s or 70s...he tried to hold it but eventually peed his pants. More yelling and screaming at him by the union rep and the supervisor. it was one of the worst human rights violations I've ever seen at that Cargill plant. I will never work for them again.

  107. Enesi Majebi

    Enesi MajebiDay ago

    Companies need to stop calling employees family. We're tired of it

  108. Gabriela Alcantar

    Gabriela AlcantarDay ago

    It is really disappointing that just from the beginning of the video you said that the conditions that animals face inside this facilities are terrible, but that they are already "talked enough"... Well no, I couldn't find any single video where you talk about them and how animals are not products to be sold, so let's begin there. I totally understand that workers conditions are so bad as well, but at least this people have a voice to speak up and to act on it. Animals only have their lives and humans still take it away from them. So unfair and so sad that you John Oliver won't dig in this topic because this show is probably supported by sponsors or because your comfort zone and resistance to change won't let you do the changes that are needed for the world to improve in so many aspects, but you probably already know, I wouldn't believe that someone as smart and well prepared like you didn't know about it.