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Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe on Lamb Castration, PETA, and American Labor

Drawing on his experiences picking up roadkill, feeding swine, and castrating a lamb with his teeth, Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs, discusses how modern American culture belittles necessary labor. EG is the celebration of the American entertainment industry. Since 1984, Richard Saul Wurman has created extraordinary gatherings about learning and understanding. EG is a rich extension of these ideas – a conference that explores the attitude of understanding in music, film, television, radio, technology, advertising, gaming, interactivity and the web – The Entertainment Gathering Mike Rowe has had more jobs than you. In fact, Mike has had more jobs than anyone. As the creator and executive producer of Discovery Channels Emmy-nominated series Dirty Jobs With Mike Rowe, Mike has spent years traveling the country, working as an apprentice on more than 200 jobs that most people would go out of their way to avoid. From coal mining to roustabouting, maggot farming to sheep castrating, Mike has worked in just about every industry and filmed the show in almost every state, celebrating the hard-working Americans who make civilized life possible for the rest of us. On Labor Day 2008, Mike launched a Web site called, where skilled labor and hard work are celebrated in the hope of calling attention to the steady decline in the trades and bolstering enrollment in trade schools and technical colleges. In addition to Dirty Jobs and his mikeroweWORKS

25 Responses to Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe on Lamb Castration, PETA, and American Labor

  1. purpdrank83 says:

    @JeffVoss Yes. Not providing adequate, humane veterinary care does cut costs.

  2. JeffVoss says:

    @purpdrank83 I’m betting cost plays a role. A company would probably love to be able to say they castrate their animals painlessly with anesthetic. They’d get a lot of good press.

  3. purpdrank83 says:

    @JeffVoss Actually there is another option. Other mammals we designate as pets are not forced to endure the same tortures. Would you force your dog or your cat to be castrated with no anesthetic? I certainly doubt it.

  4. JeffVoss says:

    @purpdrank83 I’m interested to know what method of the two you prefer sheepherders to use. Neither isn’t an option.

  5. JeffVoss says:

    @purpdrank83 I appreciate that you care for the well being of animals. However, I can’t help but think that you’re letting your emotions cloud your judgment.

    He never says there aren’t problems with abuse in the animal industry. He’s using a single experience from a job to urge people to rethink how they see right and wrong. It may sound like it’s more humane to rubber band the lamb’s testicles than to bite them off on paper, but it’s quite the opposite in reality.

  6. purpdrank83 says:

    @JeffVoss He also hilariously claims here that animals that have had their sex organs and tails mutilated are “frolicking” seconds after it happens. Animals often don’t express pain quite as overtly as humans do but to claim that a mammal would be totally oblivious to having their testicles and tail (a portion of their spine) removed without anesthetic is unbelievable.

  7. purpdrank83 says:

    @JeffVoss Half of this lecture is about his “experiences” in agriculture. Agricultural industries all have horrific track records of employee and animal abuse. Mike makes it very clear in this lecture that he’s blissfully unaware of any of that to the point of suggesting we remove those formal protections for workers and animals.

  8. runwolf007 says:

    I need Mike to come to where I work at and talk to the ELS people where I work at.

  9. christopheye says:

    @christopheye Where’s the guilty conscience when it comes to human right in China? The people loosing fingers and family members in 3rd world countries don’t even have the same help that a sheep gets in yours.

  10. christopheye says:

    The PETA part was no the entire point of the conversation it was a segway to his primary point that true work is in decline for industry workers and that people fear rsi from typing when the people that build the great countries of the world suffered silently. I’m in an industry that is in serious decline. It’s not that there is no demand, it’s purely put down to the fact that we would prefer to get things made in a country with cheaper labour costs at the expense of human rights.

  11. Danthemanlyman7 says:

    All you sheep humpers need to quit whining about animal cruelty. Mike wants to see things take a turn for the best while you animal whores are too busy whining about what the sheep farmer is doing to your f***buddies. Try doing something constructive. If you love animals more than people that’s your prerogative, but don’t harass other people with your views.

  12. clipsryan says:

    @halcyon0830 Bullshit. Like we should take a moron who uses a childish explaination for what PETA stands for, seriously.

  13. JeffVoss says:

    @purpdrank83 What are you talking about? You’re “unintentionally” insulting these people by calling them lower class. Skilled labor workers make decent money, and have admirable careers. And just because he says people can be happy working as a plumber doesn’t mean they’re stupid. Do you think people who work in skilled labor are stupid because they’re happy with what they do?

    And do you really think Mike Rowe isn’t aware that crappy things go on in certain industries? Get real.

  14. bigalhorse1 says:

    @purpdrank83 -your faith in the government and sectors like osha, and lack there of in a regular person like mike rowe astounds me.

  15. halcyon0830 says:

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    Of the 2216 animals taken to its main facility in Norfolk Virginia, 2124 were killed or put to sleep – almost 6 PER DAY. Homes were found for just 7. In 10 years, PETA Slaughtered more than 20,000 pets & animals, that was 96% of the animals it took in.
    thaindian. com/newsportal/world-news/peta-under-fire-over-putting-down-animals-claims_100175698.html

  16. Airspace1 says:

    I like and watch Mikes shows but here his video shows he still isnt seeing the facts. The war he say on jobs is bullcrap in todays world Insurance companys and lawyers play a big part to keep cost and accidents at bay.
    I understand what mike says but this will also give Airheads think this is credibility to there abusive acts on animals.
    Fact livestock allows people to continue to not be responsible for their inhumane handling and Not even a slap on a wrist. for there crimes.

  17. ganeshaghost says:

    by the way the conversation on industrial animal cruelty for this video is fantastic.

  18. ganeshaghost says:

    @TheSeersTower hey tanis we’re talking about your hog brethren getting their balls painfully chopped, maybe you should come down from that ivory tower of yours and join in. being a whitebread loser who wanted to meet a pedophile for casual sex at an anime convention doesn’t eliminate you from getting something useful from this edifying information.

  19. purpdrank83 says:

    @TheCapn23 Do you have the first idea how the meat industry treats its workers? Mike Rowe is unintentionally insulting the lower class here by equating lower class jobs with happiness. He is calling these people stupid. He goes into these jobs for a single day and has no knowledge of systemic issues within the industries. It’s just so insulting and laughable he’d primarily criticize OSHA, the governmental standards that sought to end the conditions from Upton Sinclairs The Jungle.

  20. purpdrank83 says:

    Hahaha I just watched the whole thing “what if OSHA got it wrong”. Jesus christ fuck you, Mike.

  21. TheCapn23 says:

    @purpdrank83 Lol what a joke this comment is. Have you even had a real job?

  22. purpdrank83 says:

    It disturbs me that Mike Rowe’s detached single-day anecdotes and strong-chinned car salesman charisma are normalizing some of the most horrific aspects of the animal agriculture industry for some (stupid) people.

    I hate his snide demeanor and poverty tourism, too bad his career didn’t end with QVC.

    Also, unanesthetized castration etc happen on “small” farms too. The guy who runs Animal Sanctuary was an animal science major who saw several piglets die due to routine agribusiness procedures.

  23. OathOfOdium says:

    @havocexe R.O.F.L!

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  25. InnocentPessimist says:

    My balls are hurting now…

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