Joaquin Phoenix Encourages Slaughterhouse Workers To Expose Animal Cruelty
Actor and animal rights advocate Joaquin Phoenix is encouraging slaughterhouse employees to expose animal cruelty, as well as the mistreatment of workers.
The Animal Legal Defence Fund (ALDF) — an animal law advocacy organization — has created an online portal where workers can report “activities of concern.”
The award-winning actor is working with the ALDF to promote the portal and invite slaughterhouse workers to come forward.
“Identify, Investigate, Document, And Expose”
“Whistleblowers are instrumental in helping animal protection organizations identify, investigate, document, and expose cruelty,” said Phoenix.
“Despite the animal agribusiness industry’s flagrant disregard for worker safety as COVID-19 ravages slaughterhouses, a surge of whistleblowers – under the constant threat of employer retaliation – are coming forward with information about the mass killing of animals and disposal practices that have severe environmental implications.”
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Safety For Slaughterhouse Workers
Slaughterhouse conduct and safety has come under fire recently due to the COVID-19 pandemic. High infection rates for the disease have been noted at meat facilities around the world, with a number of slaughterhouses temporarily closing.
The cramped and unhygienic conditions that workers may often be subject to is said to have fuelled the spread of COVID-19.
“Lives At Risk”
“Workers are putting their lives at risk for corporate bottom lines,” said Stephen Wells, ALDF executive director.
“We want them to know they can report illegal or dangerous conditions anonymously and we will take appropriate action.”
“The public has a right to know what is being done – and the dangers associated with the process of mass killing and disposal of hundreds of thousands of animals.”
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