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Slaughterhouse workers are more likely to be violent

Posted 24 January 2013

A new Australian study was released this week, which showed that people who work in slaughterhouses are more likely to be desensitised to suffering. Dr Nik Taylor from Flinders University in Adelaide found that aggression levels in slaughterhouse workers were ‘so high, they’re similar to the scores… for incarcerated populations’.

A 2010 study from the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada, found violent crimes including sexual assault and rape increase in towns once an abattoir opens there. Criminologist, Prof Amy Fitzgerald, said it wasn't the nature of repetitive and dangerous work, but the act of slaughtering an animal that was to blame for the increase in violence: ‘The unique thing about [slaughterhouses] is that [workers are] not dealing with inanimate objects, but instead dealing with live animals coming in and then killing them, and processing what's left of them.’

This latest report comes out during the week that Karl Bestford, a former Newcastle slaughterman, appears in court, charged with stabbing his landlord 11 times before beheading him while he was still alive.

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