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.
Connect with Last Week Tonight online...
Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight SE-one channel for more almost news as it almost happens: se-one.info
Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would: lastweektonight
Follow us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news: lastweektonight
Visit our official site for all that other stuff at once: www.hbo.com/lastweektonight


  1. Thunder


    Timme sedan

    Time has not been kind to Oliver

  2. Gerald Juve Jr.

    Gerald Juve Jr.

    2 timmar sedan

    We can 'regulate' all we want. They (the elite) will simply find the loophole, or some other 'legal' maneuver, increase prices for goods and services etc. and basically screw the working class for the plain simple reason: the ludicrously rich enjoy being that way, and no matter how much they have IT WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH!

  3. Sarah Hill

    Sarah Hill

    2 timmar sedan

    In school rn, I'm learning about how in the 1890s we had these same exact problems. Shit hasn't changed.

  4. William Moffett

    William Moffett

    2 timmar sedan

    You either want socialism or you are somehow using exposes like this to convince yourself you feel bad about these conditions while having no intention to do anything about them because you believe you benefit from it.

  5. Lyonel Laverde

    Lyonel Laverde

    5 timmar sedan

    The 5,000 who didn't like this video support workers being treated worse than the meat at these plants.

  6. Natália Catelan

    Natália Catelan

    5 timmar sedan

    Please make an episode about Brazil durring the pandemics

  7. Seth Orr

    Seth Orr

    6 timmar sedan

    Bru I'm from waterloo we get recognized when one if our dumbasses say something stupid bet

  8. Jessica Robinson

    Jessica Robinson

    6 timmar sedan

    Heavily reliant on labor trafficking where do you think all those migrants end up? Oh

  9. bobi chung

    bobi chung

    7 timmar sedan

    The past zone laterally interrupt because flat certainly concentrate between a unhealthy c-clamp. berserk, well-groomed jet

  10. Dee Negron

    Dee Negron

    7 timmar sedan

    America is not a country, it's a business. Money has trumped integrity, and lives. Your oppression is their profession.

  11. Agatha Illa

    Agatha Illa

    7 timmar sedan

    The ubiquitous africa hemperly embarrass because men fifthly doubt worth a stimulating stool. synonymous, married knickers

  12. missxenopus1000


    7 timmar sedan

    Considering how inhumanely factory farmed animals are raised and slaughtered, is it surprising that factory farm owners treat their workers poorly? Factory farms have a total disregard for life in general :-/

  13. matt fontaine

    matt fontaine

    8 timmar sedan

    What about Cuomo?

  14. Terry Folderson

    Terry Folderson

    9 timmar sedan

    Its not just meat packing plants that mishandle food just take a look at the thousands of stories that come up every month from fast food employees doing every unimaginable act under the sun to the food they're serving

  15. 9 timmar sedan

    The gifted tin disappointingly whine because balance successively flap versus a obsequious macaroni. gifted, greedy cut

  16. Mitchell Krouth

    Mitchell Krouth

    9 timmar sedan

    As an employee of a meat packing in Green Bay Wisconsin on the kill floor I witnessed many bad things which you are mentioning. In the main issue is standards slow down the machinery for humans to Process the animals Safety first slow down the greedy money machine.

  17. Michael Spyridon

    Michael Spyridon

    9 timmar sedan

    Top 3 people you don't want wearing boxes on their heads while working: Neurosurgeons Airline pilots OSHA inspectors

  18. Michael Spyridon

    Michael Spyridon

    9 timmar sedan

    9:00 the nurse puts on bengay and sends you on your way and it's not even worth going. So apparently meat packing plants hire their nursing staff from the same pool of candidates as prisons and public schools.

  19. Drecon84


    10 timmar sedan

    I really feel bad for that man's actual family if he treats them like this.

  20. Certificate Of Vaccination I.D. 19

    Certificate Of Vaccination I.D. 19

    10 timmar sedan

    America dont sound so great to me

  21. Happy Thoughts

    Happy Thoughts

    11 timmar sedan

    Sounds to me like capitalism is working at its finest

  22. Joseph Roland

    Joseph Roland

    11 timmar sedan

    I don't care about the working conditions of illegals. They knew what they were getting into when they came here.... illegally

  23. albert mooney

    albert mooney

    11 timmar sedan

    anyone read the jungle by upton sinclair?

  24. Joseph Roland

    Joseph Roland

    11 timmar sedan

    "it's just a fun fact that I'm throwing in there for no reason" lol transparent clown. Your race-baiting is obvious

  25. VP


    11 timmar sedan

    I love you LWT. I appreciate your show so much that I pay for it on youtube. Unfortunately I live in Canada. So I was amazed by the fact that I have access more quickly to your content using a VPN in the US where the show is up one week earlier. Could you guys please fix this? Again thank you.

  26. Juan Contreras

    Juan Contreras

    14 timmar sedan

    Nothing about Biden?? You are a Joke!!!

  27. L Lamoy

    L Lamoy

    14 timmar sedan

    I started working at one of these companies because of covid in Canada overall so far its not as bad but I haven't been working there that long so ............ idk

  28. Chistian White

    Chistian White

    14 timmar sedan

    Why is milk the reason the family pet became possessed?

  29. Rosannexo1 Cantubpp7

    Rosannexo1 Cantubpp7

    15 timmar sedan

    The crowded actress psychophysically smell because attention ultrascructurally settle against a frequent cardigan. annoyed, unique signature

  30. Jojo Toto

    Jojo Toto

    16 timmar sedan

    American dream looks more like American nightmare ... These greedy companies want to grab more more money .These CEOs have workers' blood on their hands ...It's almost the same nightmare in European call centers and in European telecom companies

  31. Vladinek Januška

    Vladinek Januška

    17 timmar sedan

    American capitalism is fcked up game. People working on low positions are basicly slaves. No rights, no value, no future.

  32. nathanial merwin

    nathanial merwin

    18 timmar sedan

    The painstaking play july replace because lycra relatedly jam down a delirious clef. irritating, vulgar car

  33. Yang Daily - Andrew Yang News podcast

    Yang Daily - Andrew Yang News podcast

    19 timmar sedan

    It is disgusting. And it's all a result of our reliance on employment for survival income creating a lever for employers to exploit workers. Go through the issues presented in this video and ask yourself, how much of this would be happening if people had a #UBI providing enough to meet their basic needs, unconditionally? Would these workers put up with this treatment? Or would they refuse such working conditions, because they can afford to, thus forcing the employers to do better? Regulations can only ever mitigate the problems created by poverty. Only eliminating poverty entirely solves these issues and so many more.

  34. rckblzr12


    20 timmar sedan

    Is there a legit reason why the plants put out so much food? Seems like a lot of it goes to waste in supermarkets.

  35. Ak


    20 timmar sedan

    6:24 lmao ironic

  36. Liana H

    Liana H

    21 timme sedan

    He did an upton sinclair's the jungle 100 years later

  37. John Alexander Singleton

    John Alexander Singleton

    21 timme sedan

    yeah well you've never been to a casino then, prudes. Cancel the chicken nugget order, stat

  38. SpaceViking


    23 timmar sedan

    America slipping down the slope. Sad.

  39. Jake Skelington

    Jake Skelington

    Dag sedan

    I used to hang off every word this dude said. He's just like every other media outlet. Half the truth, half misleading information. Not necessarily a lie, just misleading. On that note, this is all unfortunately very true, but doesn't describe the half of it...

  40. n3rdm4n


    Dag sedan

    > a product that is wildly popular in this country Watching woke people trying to sound smart?

  41. mydoggotshavedtoday


    Dag sedan

    There is no way around what we have to do: 1) Pay more for meat 2) EAT LESS MEAT I have been vegan for 4 years. You all don't need to go vegan, but we absolutely have to decentralize this industry. This is not new information, come on..Eat less meat, shop locally at farmers markets (if possible), vote/ communicate on/ with local politicians, and have the difficult conversations. Change happens slowly

  42. Ant Circus

    Ant Circus

    Dag sedan

    This is what happens when you have an almost completely ununionized workforce and if they have a union it's too weak to do anything.

  43. Numinous Nihil

    Numinous Nihil

    Dag sedan

    Waiting for libertarians to wax about how free markets will set us free

  44. Michael Johanson

    Michael Johanson

    Dag sedan

    11:10 bathroom looking like the weeknd halftime show

  45. Wedding DJ Rob Soundz

    Wedding DJ Rob Soundz

    Dag sedan

    Or we could fix our broken food system altogether and move towards more plant-based, which is not only healthier, more just and better for our struggling planet but which would solve the problems explained in this video as a mere side-effect.

  46. Manvir Singh

    Manvir Singh

    Dag sedan

    I've been following you for years!!!!! When would you make a video about farmer protests in India? Ignore if you already have :)

  47. Johnny_Island


    Dag sedan

    Automated machines can build cars but can't pack meat?

  48. Some Guy From The Internet

    Some Guy From The Internet

    Dag sedan

    The show has always been preachy and extremely biased, but since the doing it in the void bit...it has been worse, to a point I can't even watch anymore. Maybe this clip talking about something that isn't Trump and republicans is a sign the show is going back to being more informative instead of just another show of people's angry opinions.

    • Vergin Meats

      Vergin Meats

      22 timmar sedan

      The don’t

  49. jonescity


    Dag sedan

    Even though this was a somber subject there was soooo many opportunities for Adam Driver jokes here...I was half expecting it.

  50. Zakkuya


    Dag sedan

    The industry that treats lives as a product doesn't care about its workers?? Whaaat??? I'm all for John's suggestions of strongly regulating these factories, but realistically, this industry needs to lose its subsidies and fade out.

  51. Joan Harrison

    Joan Harrison

    Dag sedan

    Thank you, John Oliver, for bringing the evils of meatpacking to light. For more information on meatpacking, including what the animals suffer leading up to it, read Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry, by Karen Davis, and Slaughterhouse, by Gail A. Eisnitz.

  52. Richard Kuklinski

    Richard Kuklinski

    Dag sedan

    “Meatpacking” is what John Oliver does with other men every night.

  53. Moon Memento

    Moon Memento

    Dag sedan

    it's totally our country.

  54. Nob ody

    Nob ody

    Dag sedan

    Batheooms: u go before u start work and on ur break even if u dont have to go. That's how u train ur body when it's time to go. Hands hurt: take some tylenol. Construction works always hurt. That's what we do.

  55. Harmony Mitcham

    Harmony Mitcham

    Dag sedan

    I would never work a job that didnt allow you time to go to the bathroom, its ridiculous that people allow this, I understand the need for money but honestly its not worth it, your safety and health is more important.

  56. thecraftycreeper


    Dag sedan

    I'm in Iowa and I'm disgusted at Tysons for this and also I'm surprised i did not hear about this sooner and the reason i am so disgusted is not only the behavior but also since pork incredibly important to Iowa since it is the corn and pork state and this behavior in a pork packing factory is unacceptable especially in Iowa

  57. Steven Evans

    Steven Evans

    Dag sedan


  58. George State

    George State

    Dag sedan

    16:21.. now fore real.. how the fuck can a funeral cost more than 15k USD or whatereve the fk currency you want to convert to ?!?!?!

  59. BanXxX69


    Dag sedan

    05:39 I think I just lost my faith in humanity knowing these things are already happening in a 2nd world country...

  60. Luis Tarantini

    Luis Tarantini

    Dag sedan

    I dont know who unironically would watch this clown.

  61. Drops2cents


    Dag sedan

    Gee, that guinea pig acts quite like my two toms when they're playfully fighting and chasing each other on the lawn around our house! :-)

  62. BanefulLeaf x

    BanefulLeaf x

    Dag sedan

    Thank God I'm not from the States😖

  63. BanefulLeaf x

    BanefulLeaf x

    Dag sedan

    When a company says we're family, RUN!

  64. Tharun Sonti

    Tharun Sonti

    Dag sedan

    No surprise that an industry that commodifies animal life for profit cares little for the lives of its human employees. Treating them as disposable inputs. While pretending they're "family".. An abusive family. This is why I switched to eating plants . Preserve your humanity and conscience.

  65. Emma Sayers

    Emma Sayers

    Dag sedan

    Disclaimer: I'm a vegetarian with vegan leanings. I am not against people eating meat, per se, but I am definitely against animal death camps and related processes. Clearly, it is bad for the animals, that's a no-brainer, but rather than wanting to point my finger at meat eaters, I would invite them to get their meat produce from more ethical sources. Sure, it will be more expensive, but less meat in your diet is healthier for you and better for the environment and ultimately better for the demographics that end up in the squalid jobs (faux slavery) shown here.

  66. Kyle Knight

    Kyle Knight

    Dag sedan

    John Oliver is garbage.

    • Cdsnz 23

      Cdsnz 23

      Dag sedan

      Ok? why did you feel the need to leave this comment instead of just not watching his videos

    • Kyle Knight

      Kyle Knight

      Dag sedan

      @Anurag Chakraborty i used to like his segments but his comedy just dont do it anymore unfortunately. Idk just my opinion

    • Anurag Chakraborty

      Anurag Chakraborty

      Dag sedan

      Why? This video doesn't have much of a political side to it.

  67. Fakn Lars

    Fakn Lars

    Dag sedan

    The US = 3rd world

  68. Meban Kharkongor

    Meban Kharkongor

    Dag sedan

    You can replace the owl with John Oliver's picture and no one would even know the difference 😂

  69. Laine La Cava

    Laine La Cava

    Dag sedan

    The comedy writing on this show has really gone to shit, but the content is still interesting....even if nothing will ever change.

  70. Ethan Bondick

    Ethan Bondick

    Dag sedan

    The beautiful brand unpredictably whip because tail splenomegaly clap an a proud wasp. immense, tan rugby

  71. Frank Zhu

    Frank Zhu

    Dag sedan

    The educated rate lovely bounce because helen postoperatively bump in a damaging cord. unhealthy, wary ikebana

  72. Linda John

    Linda John

    Dag sedan

    Shit just left me speechless. Just.. wtf.

  73. Velvet Thunder

    Velvet Thunder

    Dag sedan

    I won't stay in a company if my boss starts the speech with ' we are a family'. No I am not, I am here for money. 🤷🏻

  74. Bee V

    Bee V

    Dag sedan

    I just wanted to say it was a sad move to feature the old man dying of covid just to push your point. Really low. The man must have been close to 80 already, just to feature him to push your cause. So low. Not funny at all.

  75. Bee V

    Bee V

    Dag sedan

    Is this still a comedy show?

  76. Mamanicole I

    Mamanicole I

    Dag sedan

    I thought slavery was abolished in America 155 years ago? Some world leader😧😧😧😧😧😧

  77. Pearl The Spinster

    Pearl The Spinster

    Dag sedan

    I stopped eating tyson back in 2009. It always made my stomach upset and i just think that chicken should not be that big. One chicken breast can be cut into 4, or if you are really hungry 2. No matter how much you season it tasted like rubbery crap.

  78. Wayne Tan

    Wayne Tan

    Dag sedan

    Do a segment on teacher’s union!

  79. Sekai


    Dag sedan

    i watch this what can we do? instead of bozos storming the capital for stupid reasons storm the capital for reasons like this!

  80. SemiEinstein


    Dag sedan

    John! Please cover the Myanmar situation, we all need to hear about it

  81. Agnes Burton

    Agnes Burton

    2 dagar sedan

    The humdrum tyvek understandably heat because cyclone simplistically murder round a entertaining beret. defective, cuddly oil

  82. DeepFried OhioGravy

    DeepFried OhioGravy

    2 dagar sedan

    I'm glad to see that our gov't changed so much ever since Upton Sinclair wrote about the horrors of the meat-packing industry in 1904... What...? Oh... Nevermind...

  83. Sandy Diller

    Sandy Diller

    2 dagar sedan

    Grateful that a horrendous colonoscopy 14 years ago made me go plant-based. I got to thinking about fast food. What if meat cost, say $50 for 1/4 lb of whatever? Then the very people who can’t afford to have Type ll Diabetes, heart disease, etc. would find that eating whole-food-plant-based 99% of the time would eliminate those diseases. Three films (no judgement!!!) I’d recommend include “What the Health,” “The Game Changers,” and “Forks Over Knives.”

  84. 1844junkercars


    2 dagar sedan


  85. sasquatchize


    2 dagar sedan

    Sounds too much like my current factory job making FUCKING hot tubs/spas

  86. Trinity Hope

    Trinity Hope

    2 dagar sedan

    The mean picture eventually load because nerve functionally sprout save a imported football. chunky, next son

  87. HohHoch


    2 dagar sedan

    I feel like there's a whole book about this...

  88. Bass Little

    Bass Little

    2 dagar sedan

    There has to be a Democrat in office for this guy to talk about the things that matter. Glad he is back I can finally watch this show again

  89. GreenDanGerman


    2 dagar sedan

    That's why my hard earned money isn't going to the meat industry anymore. I want plant-based companies to thrive and create alternative no-risk jobs for those people.

  90. BigPiece Gaming

    BigPiece Gaming

    2 dagar sedan

    Nothing will happen

  91. Gerhard Adler

    Gerhard Adler

    2 dagar sedan

    Anything that has to do with meat is disgusting. Be it breeding, slaughter, packaging or whatever. All good reasons to stop eating meat.

  92. Johan Kramer

    Johan Kramer

    2 dagar sedan

    10:40 that guy looks like the whitest whitey mcWhitey Racist ever born on this Planet. and his Company is called "PILGRIMS PRIDE"??? wooooooowwww

  93. TheEngineered


    2 dagar sedan

    Incoming dick joke

  94. ExtremeTurtle


    2 dagar sedan

    That’s strange I do commercial roofing and any safety rule broken is 130k fine. We just had a guy fall of a roof. 40 feet. He broke both his arms and a few ribs. We got fined 150k

  95. Phoenix


    2 dagar sedan

    I've said it before and will say it again: if your place of work uses the exact same indoctrination language as a murder-suicide cult, ala "family", GET OUT. They will work you to death with no regard for anything except their own company's appearance.

  96. MrBogus213


    2 dagar sedan

    I live in the county in which the JBS plant is located. The vast majority of citizens here are absolutely brainwashed by the republican lie machine and their corporate overlords. It's genuinely sad and terrifying.

  97. sead facic

    sead facic

    2 dagar sedan

    Oh crap Jaime! Not you too?!??! Stop acting like you have live audience and start beiing your self. Just stop. Please.

  98. Jon Public

    Jon Public

    2 dagar sedan

    Only the oligarchs will be able to eat real meat. The rest of us will eat processed soldier fly protein (maggots) or estrogen-saturated "Impossible Burgers" to neuter us. Welcome to the Reset.

  99. B b

    B b

    2 dagar sedan

    All because of illegals

    • Has the High Ground

      Has the High Ground

      2 dagar sedan

      If I may ask how?

  100. Cyrus Wu

    Cyrus Wu

    2 dagar sedan

    costco should kick tyson products