An article in an agribusiness journal from earlier this year reads: "Sanderson Farms' poultry processing plant in Moultrie, Ga. was temporarily locked down on Wednesday when an employee reported a colleague was armed. Turns out the ‘gun’ was actually a novelty cigarette lighter shaped like a pistol, according to police called to the scene."
There are few workplaces where the presence of a novelty cigarette lighter would result in a lockdown like this. But slaughterhouses are violent, fear ridden environments for farm animals, and also for human beings. And, killing is in the air. Can you imagine doing a job that involves cutting animals’ throats eight hours a day? Such bloody work has a negative effect on us, and I wish nobody had to do it.
The article also noted that despite concerns that somebody had a weapon in the slaughterhouse, the killing continued. It stated, "…while the guards did lock the gates, as per company policy, the production lines never stopped."