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. leonxl


    2 perccel

    But I thought capitalism was the best?? Don’t like their working conditions? Then don’t work there and don’t buy their products. “Sarcasm”

  2. Mario


    4 perccel

    I bet John Oliver likes "Open Borders" policies. That is where Tyson gets their employees. You can't have it both ways.

  3. Meinbher Pieg

    Meinbher Pieg

    13 perccel

    Humans treat animals like stock and machines. Humans are animals. Do the math.

  4. Mario


    15 perccel

    My favorite Dr. Seuss book was (The Cat's Quizzer) "Are you Smarter than the Cat in the Hat?" I know now, thanks to Joe Biden, poor kids are just as smart as the cat in the hat. Another favorite of mine was... If I Ran The Zoo. That is the book Joe Biden is currently reading, in order to run the Democratic Party, and Government.

  5. Kaylin


    43 perccel

    Idk- I must have poor taste? I thought that house and bathroom were gorgeous 😂

  6. The Mighty Sagetto

    The Mighty Sagetto


    At least he removed his gloves and put em back on after. Nobody ..well at least most I know don't appreciate dick flavored chicken

  7. Michael Enderfitnessvlog

    Michael Enderfitnessvlog


    In 1998 i worked for seaboard farms of Athens Georgia it was horrible. I wanted to live down south but there weren't many jobs I could do at 19.

  8. FerdinandFake


    2 órája

    Seriously youtube? John fing Oliver?? Get outta here with this bullshit, dropping his annoying rants into my autoplay is assaulting my ears.

  9. Ian Einstein

    Ian Einstein

    3 órája

    That Purdue Farms commercial had me rolling! Bloody memorable, too. Honestly, I'd call that a good ad. It got the viewer's attention, held it, and slapped them with the product so hard it was headspinning! Not to mention, it left me wanting more... Like, I need to know what happened. Is the dog gonna be okay?

  10. Galador


    3 órája

    I honestly believe the US could profit so much if they installed a multiparty systwm instead of the two party system. That would be great to cut down on corruption and bring competition of great ideas and not just money

  11. quemaspana


    4 órája

    I wish every other sentence out of Johns mouth wasn't so foul. Its a bit over the top and makes it unsharable with 50% of my friends who really need to see this.

  12. Matthew Scott

    Matthew Scott

    4 órája

    Its amazing to me that this country still even functions with the way people treat one another.



    4 órája

    It's "Do You Want Lies With That" The Infinite Loop

  14. Ambambalam


    4 órája

    admittedly I laughed at some of my family catching covid so maybe tyson feels the same way. fuck you aunt sharon.

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    Planeta Curioso

    4 órája

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  16. James Smith

    James Smith

    5 órája

    I think the bigger issue here is the " MEAT " our SLAVEMASTERS are using to allow them to stay in power. From our, I mean THEIR armed forces, be it the military to commando police forces, when will people stop joining these terrorists. What a rotten world we live, anything goes for PROFIT, we've been brainwashed to believe this.

  17. Jon Dough

    Jon Dough

    5 órája

    MAGA! Best 3rd world country in the universe!!

  18. Afqwa


    5 órája

    2:57 That is some kind of nightmare smoking gun. Holy shit. Nothing says you're knowingly and maliciously negligent like taking bets on the health and safety of your workers.

  19. Tom Meyer

    Tom Meyer

    6 órája

    Just when you thought Amazon was at the bottom of the barrel of working conditions in US capitalism, this industry easily takes that spot. This is what happens when labor becomes a commodity.

  20. Nen


    7 órája

    The American dream only happens while alseep.

  21. John Lee

    John Lee

    7 órája

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  22. Shawn Cole Standiford

    Shawn Cole Standiford

    7 órája

    Why is it that the most toxic places to work use the term 'family'? Has any good ever come from it other than an expectation of cult-like adherence to the insane politics of a messed up workplace?

  23. Mara Singer

    Mara Singer

    7 órája

    I feel like we should start sending raisin bombers to the USA. they're obviously a country in crisis.

  24. Jack Walker

    Jack Walker

    7 órája

    Covid is a serious wake up call that our country is just as fucked up as the 3rd world countries we exploit.

  25. jay cao

    jay cao

    8 órája

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  26. Age of Reason

    Age of Reason

    8 órája

    American is a lost cause. It's over.

  27. Linescrew1


    9 órája

    Next we will discover the vegetable packing industry is worse!

  28. Liam Manning

    Liam Manning

    9 órája

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  29. Yvette Newell

    Yvette Newell

    9 órája

    I wasn’t sure whether to like or dislike. The information was invaluable but . . . DAMN😡🤬🤯

  30. W Martinez

    W Martinez

    11 órája

    Many immigrants we dont find too bad because it's good job compared

  31. L J

    L J

    11 órája

    Amazon does the same thing, if you get hurt you go to their amcare and see if they can help you first. The workers comp doctors are so bad.

  32. Jake Day Williams

    Jake Day Williams

    11 órája

    If only we could all make our living being a comedian.

  33. L J

    L J

    11 órája

    Who one the bet??

  34. wattersm


    11 órája

    "Our employees are our most valuable asset." Yeah, well, how much are you paying them?

  35. Adrien Pinard

    Adrien Pinard

    11 órája

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  36. Sven


    12 órája

    Why am I getting this video recommended so aggressively? It autoplayed the third time just now.

  37. JFred 517

    JFred 517

    12 órája

    Man. You learn that going to the nurse for next to nothing is just the norm in like middle school PE. Im not suprised this stuff happens professionally too.

  38. Marcos


    12 órája

    Sounds like Amazon. Lets not forget that JBS already is in a corruption scandal in Brasil. If you have never been to Gainsville GA i encourage you to take tour and ask around. Medical centers remind me of the cruise industry. Good ol Ibuprofen.

  39. Michael Raad

    Michael Raad

    12 órája

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  40. Sean Cullen

    Sean Cullen

    12 órája

    How the fuck can a funeral cost $15K? Just throw me in the trash when I die and take yourself on a nice holiday instead.

  41. Cameron Sitton

    Cameron Sitton

    13 órája

    1:10 I *FELT* that

  42. Michael Raad

    Michael Raad

    13 órája

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  43. tekros


    13 órája

    stopped video at 1:28. there is literally no category of worker less sympathetic than a fucking meat-production employee. unless you were forced at gunpoint to take that job, you can languish in pigshit and get cattle-prodded to death for all i care.

  44. Robert Guttke

    Robert Guttke

    13 órája

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  45. Briar Cockrell

    Briar Cockrell

    14 órája

    The people who implemented those awful procedures and hazardous work environment are all chickenfuckers.

  46. richard wilmot Ph.D

    richard wilmot Ph.D

    14 órája

    Tyson does not allow unions, they offer chaplains instead.

  47. DarthNater98


    14 órája

    Where's Teddy Roosevelt when you need him.

  48. John Taylor

    John Taylor

    14 órája

    Or just stop funding this monsterious industry and go vegan and as a added bonus you get to live a longer, happier life.

  49. Rooney Daniel Cash Medrano

    Rooney Daniel Cash Medrano

    14 órája

    I mean To Think about it meat should be taken care more than other food 'cause virus came from it, I agree with some religions about eating not meat like Jewish religion they believe meat is a sin and there are people who eat only vegetables and it's a good one to care yourself think about make good decisions, stay safe stay fit stay thin a country who's calling advanced should promote healthy food for people U.S. seems to need step forward like a previous comment, do not keep eating meat and fast food it comes back life worse it's a healthy advice if ye want to live better without any health issues ask for this with a Doctor and Do not drink soda and you'll know.

  50. Woland


    15 órája

    Ironically - but quite appropriately - "perdue" is "FART" in Russian. No kidding.

  51. Max Pagan

    Max Pagan

    15 órája

    upton sinclair 2: Electric boogaloo

  52. Celeste Pagano

    Celeste Pagano

    15 órája

    People can be horrified all they want, this isn't going to really END until Americans stop feeling like we need cheap meat fourteen meals a week. Regulation might tinker and improve things a little, but the whole system is driven by our collective appetite for cheap meat. It is possible to find meat that was pastured on small independent farms and processed at small local meat locker facilities. But guess what? It's more expensive. So including meatless meals in our diets is also part of the solution. If you're interested in switching to non-factory meat, the Eat Wild website has info on farmers. Farmers markets are another good way to make connections.

  53. Kimberly Coyle

    Kimberly Coyle

    15 órája

    Lmao! "Perverted owl just watches" 😂😂

  54. Low Flying Potato

    Low Flying Potato

    15 órája

    How can it be a $10,000 dollar check and blank at the same time? Blank Check means the amount has not been filled in FFS. Not that they didn't fill the account information. Boldly handed the check because it's the way business in government has always been done in this corrupt system. Pikachu face doesn't convince me.

  55. Sigh borg

    Sigh borg

    15 órája

    US is not the only country with this problem, the UK has it as well, and by the looks of it probably other countries too...

  56. 1mezion


    16 órája

    Not one Shit is going to be done simply because politicians are bought and paid for by these companies The Ordinary People Who vote are under the misguided impression that politicians work for them

  57. Sam L. Weiss

    Sam L. Weiss

    16 órája

    John Oliver is brilliant! Thank you for exposing the injustices of our country. It's the only way we can rectify and improve these atrocious conditions.

  58. skip ranger

    skip ranger

    16 órája

    Watch George Carlin on germs an the Immune system, it might SAVE YOUR LIFE!!!

  59. surewinner


    17 órája

    #1 - Phone is the most valuable asset... Sad, but so true to most people.

  60. Sumayyah Ross

    Sumayyah Ross

    17 órája

    ok but with todays technology they can't get a machine to do this

  61. Nathan_W


    17 órája

    So what you're telling me is that "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair is still relevant? Yikes!

  62. One Of The People

    One Of The People

    17 órája

    But all the people picking your lettuce are completely happy.

  63. Backruborbust


    18 órája

    I wish I had never started eating meat. And shame on those taking bets on their employees, and everything else they do

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    Agatha Illa

    18 órája

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  65. James Wright

    James Wright

    18 órája

    The commercial is from the early 2000s. What the connection here is hormones. Had to be there to understand.

  66. Esther Lawrence

    Esther Lawrence

    18 órája

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  67. Russel Cantor

    Russel Cantor

    18 órája

    Stop eating meat, dairy, and eggs = problem solved. Let’s face it, these companies aren’t going to be held accountable anytime soon. Look at yourself and see how you, as an individual, can make a difference.

  68. Monica Akers

    Monica Akers

    18 órája

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    18 órája

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  70. nintendoboy17


    19 órája

    Now we need John Oliver to cover retail work, especially during COVID!

  71. S Y

    S Y

    19 órája

    I dont see how that waiver could hold up in court. You cant sign a contract under duress.

  72. CallMe Batman

    CallMe Batman

    19 órája

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  73. fouoii gyhh

    fouoii gyhh

    20 órája

    When companies had a Personnel Dept. you were considered a person. Now that they have a Human Resources Dept. you are considered a resource.

  74. SJ R

    SJ R

    20 órája

    A lot of this is misinformation. when the illegals were rounded up at the meatpacking places the citizens filled their place. . And, machinery can do this work now, less need for humans, The harvesters of the fields could be repaced with machinery but Congress would not approve subsidizing the industry if machinery is used. It's the politicians that need to be pressured to changing our method of harvesting. In my early life I was on the assembly line doing 'piece work' I think I have more insight than a guy running his mouth

  75. Dane Endly

    Dane Endly

    20 órája

    John Oliver seems like such a sellout now...Not to mention his jokes are horrible in cringey ... Judi Dench? Medium tempered pigeon? Like dude you just sound weird or desperate. Do old British people find this funny

    • fouoii gyhh

      fouoii gyhh

      20 órája

      meatpacking plant that is! Yukl, yuk, y'all.

  76. mymak2015


    21 órája

    Every year I teach The Jungle and we talk about how things haven’t gotten much better. Upton Sinclair is rolling in his grave.

  77. Nikhil Anand

    Nikhil Anand

    21 órája

    Anyone remember how proud Trump was for keeping these plants open?

  78. Avenoma


    21 órája

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  79. Avenoma


    21 órája

    sex robots for dudes that need them. yes please.

  80. Beach&BoardFan


    21 órája

    HA! This is industry as a whole, go work in any industrial plant, This isnt a meat packing industry problem...

  81. Lani Kiss

    Lani Kiss

    21 órája

    On an amazing episode of America Dad, Walt Disney was woken up from being cryogenically frozen. When he saw the shit his legacy was being reduced to, he had three options: 1. Shut it down. 2. Shut it all down. 3. Shut it down, Shut it all down! We, like Disney, must go with option 3.

  82. dylan Carmel

    dylan Carmel

    21 órája

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  83. I Geriatrici

    I Geriatrici

    21 órája

    Almost makes you wish for something big to happen... Like, if everyone suddenly decided to not come in to work one day and block entrances to the plants... Like, in the *entire* U.S. of A. ... Man, wouldn't it be cool if there was a way to call something so *generalized* ? To *hit back* at the abuses of companies? *AGGRESSIVE WINK*

  84. young20something


    21 órája

    By the time he got to the summary and said "diapers" I was like "I forgot all about the diapers! I was really hung up on the dismemberments!"

  85. Vanessa Hunter

    Vanessa Hunter

    22 órája

    I genuinely wonder if Mr Oliver regrets becoming a US citizen?

  86. AD Harbison

    AD Harbison

    22 órája

    This is why you should support local meat markets and butcher shops

  87. Kevin Coles

    Kevin Coles

    22 órája

    They said human police officers can't raid, said nothing about police guinea pigs

  88. Plumikii Ryu

    Plumikii Ryu

    22 órája

    Please Do A Piece on Michael Jackson Hi, I’m writing to you because Last Week Tonight as opposed to other such shows actually cares about issues rather than chasing the headlines. It has been 11 years since Michael Jackson passed away yet to this day what the common consensus is that he is a taboo subject for many. I recall you guys once did a piece on Public Shaming. Michael Jackson was a genius, an abused child. He was strange. He was one of the few major stars from the 80s who came out of the 80s without a heroine addiction. He in his own way did many, Many strange things, but so do most other superstars. And more than others he actually cared. About children, about the earth. About the issues we are discussing to this day. While Icons like Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, Prince, Beetles and many more are known for their good works, Michael is known for the something which he has repeatedly been acquitted for. It’s the truth that anyone looking for will find instantly but due to the “where there is smoke there is a fire” narrative, even 11 years after his death, the new media treats him like a criminal. All his trial pages are open for the public to read. He WAS weird. Making a ranch called neverland, hanging out with children. Trusting people he shouldn’t. But I urge you please cover him, hear beyond the noise like you guys often do. The most successful African American Artist of all time was a humble man child, who respected women, loved children and cared about our environment. He was not a heroine junkie, a private man who did not share his disease even all the way back in 1993 even though he was accused of wanting to become a “White Man”. He was eccentric. Hanging out with animals and caring about them. This article covers multiple sources, some of which I had read previously. Michael Jackson was a multi talented millionaire pop star, who was not an alcoholic, was a caring father, a filial son, Treated women with respect, cared about the planet and it’s beings. The press that constantly kept DASHING him, had found a way to subvert their guilt. All those years of calling him a “Jacko”, “monkey” and many more hurtful things was justified if he was a paedophile. They NEEDED him to be guilty. Such a man cannot exist in Hollywood. Such public shaming had allowed and to this day allows Michael to be a victim to all this slander. Please do a piece, if not one that exonerates him then one that once and for all cements the fact the Michael Jackson, the greatest pop star, the first African American Idol was a paedophile. Not through unknown sources or flimsy headlines but through concrete proof. A news echoing in a closed chamber will not reach anyone, most fans who what to know the truth know it, other people will read the headlines but not the explanations. It’s about time the general public knows. Please do a piece on Michael, the blatant mistreatment by the media, The systematic racism he faced during his trials. Please don’t let the first African American Singer be remembered for the things he did not do, He was weird, weird enough to annoy Freddie Mercury with Bubbles feedbacks, weird enough to let kids crack raw eggs over Michael Jackson, Weird enough to play water balloons with children. But he was not a paedophile and the world needs to acknowledge that. He was in no way a “Perfect Human” but he tried his best to live right and we should not punish him for doing that. On this year please exonerate this Black man, the Justice System has done it two decades ago, it’s about time everyone else does. Please do a piece on Michael Jackson.

  89. Roark mojo

    Roark mojo

    22 órája

    I find it a complete and total shame that these are the only jobs available to these people. It almost looks like they were working in unison. And or shall we just say Unity. Welcome to the new world everybody LOL. Fools!

  90. Emil S

    Emil S

    22 órája

    All of you people who live in the U.S. complaining....I guarantee you that your life problems are your fault and no one else's. When we moved here we didn't speak English and had no money. We came post 9/11 and are middle eastern. This is the best country on earth and has SOME OF THE LEAST INEQUALITY ON A STRUCTURAL LEVEL THAN ALMOST ANYWHERE. You marxist children

  91. John Lange

    John Lange

    22 órája

    Oh paleez, wake up. Government is inept, and the whole cozy corporate-and-wealthy-funded-government doesn't nor shouldn't give a crap about us - we are now irrelevant - except on election day, where we are increasingly irrelevant, but - for now - necessary. Worker programs are increasingly just shells to claim that they have "systems" in place to "solve" all of the problems the proletariat might bitch about, just they don't really work to solve any of the problems, so just shut up, and stop yur yammin'! Pharaohs and slaves has been the model forever, and this is just the latest iteration, til they tee up the next one. Shangri-La! Put a fork in it, Ethel, this goose is cooked. After it was processed at a meatpacking plant that is! Yukl, yuk, y'all.

  92. Logan X10

    Logan X10

    22 órája

    Well if America was run by an actual progressive social democracy then none of this would be happening. We would've have beaten covid-19 years ago if Bernie Sanders was president but no corporate Democrats and republicans dictate what we should have. Also Biden bombed Syria for more oil yay.

  93. why tho

    why tho

    23 órája

    look this is why i watched you not to listen shit about the same damn subject. just try guess what.

  94. Maniak62


    23 órája

    16:46 that light on his eyes :D blessing from the lord

  95. Hape Meatbeat

    Hape Meatbeat

    23 órája

    Stories like that really make you appreciate capitalism.

  96. Seth McC

    Seth McC

    23 órája

    I like this piece but it's not just meat packing companies. I worked for Target. Their corporate environment is amazing but I worked in a warehouse and it's hell. You guys should look into them

  97. Frazier Milak

    Frazier Milak


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  98. Gary Steele

    Gary Steele


    Unfortunately, our government works for businesses, not citizens.

  99. King Third

    King Third


    I never eat meat ever again because of this video.Love this show.

  100. Kitanael



    That is the second episode in a row, where John should have said: "So, what can we do against this? Because there is absolutely no way this is the best version of this situation mankind could do. And because the victims are sentient, feeling creatures, there has to be done something in any way. But instead of hoping that politics and lobbies for the food industrie would change anything, you can sign a bill on everyday you go shopping and eat less meat. Yeah. I know what you think: Common John, go f*** yourself with the vegetearian/vegan bullshit. But listen, because whether you like it or not. This is one if not the most effective way, if you wanna change something about that on your own. Eat and buy less meat and other animal products. And now....this!"