From Matt Ball: The New York Times’ Freakonomics blog just posted an entry about how crime tends to be elevated in communities near slaughterhouses, raising the possibility that kill-floor conditions turn workers into criminals. I dunno — the fact that slaughterhouses are often plunked into poor rural communities with bad schools and insufficient social services (see Appendix H of my book Meat Market) seems to me the most likely reason for elevated crime. But I’m going to read the paper, and maybe invite the author onto a future VegTalk podcast. Link.
Last Updated: April 3, 2008