Delicious irony aside, this means that meat processing plants don't have to adhere too strictly to workplace safety standards, because undocumented immigrants are much less likely to raise a fuss when they get hurt on the job, for some reason. As a result, meat packers suffer from workplace lacerations, illnesses, and loss of limbs at rates much higher than the rest of the manufacturing industry -- but we don't know how much higher, because the workers are afraid to complain and the industry takes great pains to avoid reporting the incidents.
Band saws go through pig asses with no problem; Bob's handing hand isn't going to be a challenge.
Even weirder, meat packers are subject to special laws that criminalize whistleblowers. So-called "ag-gag" legislation in ten states make it illegal to film inside meat facilities, pretty much just because it makes them look bad. The legislation was introduced after the animal rights group Mercy for Animals filmed workers at Bettencourt Dairy beating and sexually abusing cows in 2012 (no, really). Obviously, those poor workers were the ones who needed protection.
Chopsticks Are Manufactured By Political Prisoners And Are Potentially Toxic
Chopsticks are the go-to utensils for Westerners trying to feign respect for Eastern cuisine at the expense of respect for themselves. Even if you feel no shame playing mouth-hockey with a California roll, there's another reason you probably should go for the fork instead: Those chopsticks were likely produced by political prisoners, drug addicts, and other undesirables in a Chinese forced labor camp.
People's Republic of China
Who ironically have fingers so mangled from hard labor that they can't even use them.
In China, these prisoners are held in what they call "reeducation camps" where their "misguided ways" are "politely corrected" by the state. Big fans of sarcastic air-quotes, the Chinese government. Naturally, a big part of the "reeducation" process is backbreaking labor producing cheap trinkets and minor exports. Somehow, the glory of Chinese communism can only be truly understood after packing chopsticks for hours on end. The working conditions are about as unsanitary as you would expect, with chopsticks routinely dropped and stepped on. Maybe they're the ones you'll be using at Panda Express tonight. Maybe they're not.
"Yeah, but ... they make the orange chicken taste so much better, you know?"
If that doesn't put you off enough, Chinese-manufactured chopsticks are often produced using toxic chemicals, because Western consumers like their chopsticks the same way they like everything else: super white. The market gets what the market wants, and what it wants is potentially toxic utensils produced by political prisoners in an overseas factory with little to no worker protections, which might have been dropped in a toilet at some point. Enjoy!
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