Chickens: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

  • Published on May 18, 2015
  • John Oliver explains how chicken farming can be unfair, punishing, and inhumane. And not just for the chickens!
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  • Ismael Ouedraogo
    Ismael Ouedraogo 23 hours ago


  • No-Conspiracy No-Jobs

    No shark meat

  • californiakayaker N6GRG

    Does this include the egg business ?

  • pwillow blossom
    pwillow blossom 2 days ago

    corporations are the fucking devil

  • varun009
    varun009 2 days ago

    I'm not eating chicken anymore. We've got a lot of invasive green iguanas here in South florida and they do taste just like chicken. Fuck these companies.

    AGENT X SECURITY 2 days ago +1


  • Edgekiller3
    Edgekiller3 4 days ago

    Why did I fuck you over vs 10% battery life

  • Sabrina
    Sabrina 4 days ago

    It is a shame that corporations lie to people then hold the consumers' feet to the fire because they signed a contract but the corporation doesn't hold up their end of the deal.😬

  • random earthling
    random earthling 4 days ago

    Don't eat living beings please! All animals in this industry suffer.

  • John Anderson
    John Anderson 5 days ago

    Who the hell actually isn't vegan yet? Do you realize that we're waking people up to the horrors of factory farming (regardless of species) every single day? If you haven't considered a real job yet... then that's on you assholes, that's on you.

  • kirby march barcena
    kirby march barcena 6 days ago

    Who's for fried chicken?

  • Robert Corbett
    Robert Corbett 6 days ago

    The industry has been like this for a long time. So do your research before entering it. And they are cruel to the chickens. So I have no sympathy for the chicken farmers.

  • Gabby Morin
    Gabby Morin 7 days ago

    I musta read through a whole crapton of comments, hoping for some hero to have said from what movie that Sean Connery quote and no luck but I NEED TO KNOW! I guess I'll go quote-hunting on Google.

  • mofoyouknow B
    mofoyouknow B 8 days ago

    Wish someone would snap that ass hole corporate attorneys neck like a chicken

  • mofoyouknow B
    mofoyouknow B 8 days ago

    STOP VOTING for the anti American worker party
    .........the Republican party is a corporate shill party

  • mofoyouknow B
    mofoyouknow B 8 days ago

    Boy bet those corporations hated those tax cuts they got. Keep voting Republican , they will fuck you every chance they get.

  • SirWBVentura
    SirWBVentura 8 days ago

    Another video justifying my misanthropy (hatred/distrust of mankind) & that [human] overpopulation is real. This I know is true... What did you learn today? He's another fact: Mankind is a festering parasite, relentlessly draining it's host dry.

  • Quality Toy Review!
    Quality Toy Review! 9 days ago

    I'd like to see a follow up on this

  • 96fps_from_mars
    96fps_from_mars 9 days ago

    I think LastWeekTonight should occasionally go back to old topics and cover how the situation has changed/improved

  • coolvips
    coolvips 9 days ago +1

    Unfortunately the same farmers most likely voted for Trump who want to remove all regulation.

  • Yngve Andersen
    Yngve Andersen 9 days ago


  • TheOrangeBush
    TheOrangeBush 11 days ago

    Hey that was a nice McCartney cameo

  • bibek thapa
    bibek thapa 11 days ago

    I’ve always told my wife, chicken in America doesn’t taste the same as it did in Nepal... chicken back home tasted soo good but of course didn’t have as much meat but I eat chicken in America I gag... I just don’t eat it anymore

  • Phina Buya
    Phina Buya 14 days ago

    2.2K dislikes on this vid ?!!!!! why?!!!

  • JoeNietzsche
    JoeNietzsche 16 days ago

    One of the consequences of improving things is more expensive chicken. Speaking for myself, I'd be more than happy to pay a more for chicken if it helps the farmers out (but ONLY if it helps the farmers!). Better conditions for the chickens and more pay to the farmers!

  • Bastarden
    Bastarden 17 days ago +2

    Unchecked capitalism is so much fun!
    To the 1%.

  • J Rios
    J Rios 17 days ago

    Whenever republicans try to champion deregulation i will link this video.

  • J Rios
    J Rios 17 days ago +2

    Cruelty is the main ingredient at the southern u.s border.

  • earthling
    earthling 17 days ago

    shit business any way you look at it. go vegan :)

  • KouriRyu
    KouriRyu 17 days ago

    So, did the chicken business actually improve?

  • Julia Carl
    Julia Carl 18 days ago

    Once again the big guy screws the little guy!

  • Robert Baur
    Robert Baur 18 days ago

    why is cruelty so delicious

  • Ross _
    Ross _ 18 days ago

    So... I live there and Steve can go to hell. Down with Steve

  • J Pickens
    J Pickens 19 days ago

    Buy from local farmers.

  • Eli Santana
    Eli Santana 19 days ago

    Wish more people cared about the needless suffering we inflict on other sentient creatures. Yes chicken is delicious, but maybe we ought to put ethics ahead of flavor and look into kinder eating habits. Please consider reducing your meat consumption dear reader.

  • The Vegan Zebra
    The Vegan Zebra 19 days ago

    First thing you could do is 'stop eating chicken'. 'But you're not going to do that'. Sad, because that would be the beginning of the end of these problems. Please consider adopting a plant-based lifestyle. It's not just for the animals.

  • taylorcb77
    taylorcb77 19 days ago

    I'm not really sure why those four companies that control the poultry industry aren't cooperatives of the chicken farmers. Seems like the Government could do something to make that happen...

  • Benjamin Jones
    Benjamin Jones 19 days ago

    I highly recommend you all learn to be vegetarian, or learn to eat insects. Fish and other meat will not be much available in the near future.

  • liberty Ann
    liberty Ann 19 days ago

    Elizabeth Warren mentioned contract farmers and this explains it.

  • triciebird
    triciebird 20 days ago

    That moment you realize the ships name was tit antic 😂

  • Alexis Conklin
    Alexis Conklin 20 days ago

    You're a true (British) American Hero, John Oliver.

  • Loren Renee
    Loren Renee 20 days ago

    What a horrible way of doing business. How is this allowed at all?

    • Deviant Affinity
      Deviant Affinity 20 days ago

      It's simple... It's allowed because we allow it. I have yet to meet another person who has seen the available information about factory chicken farming who is not horrified by what they see. Yet, when it comes time to make a purchase, a low price usually wins over empathy. When people decide (realize?) that a vote is equal to a purchasing decision, things may change. It would also help to get lobbyist money out of the government (at least in the US.)

  • JohnJaggerJack
    JohnJaggerJack 20 days ago

    The more i know USA the more i'm sure it is not the land of dreams and opportunities... I'll go one further, its like economical "ISIS" but legally accepted.

  • Katharina von Heydekampf
    Katharina von Heydekampf 20 days ago +5

    this is what happens when capitalism goes uncontrolled. Greedy horrible things happen if there are no laws preventing it

  • An C
    An C 21 day ago

    UBER operates in the same way

  • Shawn Smith
    Shawn Smith 21 day ago +7

    Bravo!! Thank you for standing up for the little guys Mr. Oliver. 🏁🏁🏁

  • D Kipu
    D Kipu 21 day ago +8

    Farmers are still committing suicide at considerably higher rates than the rest of our population. They are squeezed to hard, and they are all going to need some protection.

    • Pokoirl YaSe
      Pokoirl YaSe 11 days ago

      Well technically physicians have the highest suicide rate, but at least they are rich. This farmin'issue mirrors the one seen in my country, except it's spanish contractors with Moroccab farmers. Colonialism is alive and well

  • Spicy Artisan Hipster Salami

    #HenryCuellarTexasChickenFucker and yes, he’s a Democrat. We hold ours accountable

  • Nigel Yong
    Nigel Yong 22 days ago


  • Ken Harris
    Ken Harris 22 days ago

    Why cant you raise your own chickens?

    • Ken Harris
      Ken Harris 20 days ago

      +Katie Kane Its not bull at all. So what they have public meetings. They are not going to listen to me.

    • Katie Kane
      Katie Kane 20 days ago

      +Ken Harris Bull. Local policies dictate whether you can have chickens in your yard. County commissioners, zoning board etc all have public meetings.

    • Ken Harris
      Ken Harris 20 days ago

      +Katie Kane lol what? Im not a corperation and im not rich. I am American. I have no voice in government.

    • Katie Kane
      Katie Kane 20 days ago

      +Ken Harris go to your local zoning meetings, that's where you CAN make a difference

    • Ken Harris
      Ken Harris 21 day ago

      +Smilley MLK or grocery stores can buy them directly from the growers. or I can buy them at the farmers market directly from the grower. Do we really need production companies? My original point is I would like to raise my own chickens. I cant.

  • Arturo Castillo
    Arturo Castillo 22 days ago

    did de amendment pass?

  • cyantulip
    cyantulip 22 days ago +1

    I still feel more sorry for the chickens.

  • Josh Guyette
    Josh Guyette 22 days ago

    Is this still going on? That asshole Steve Womack is still in congress.

  • Pfirsich Affe
    Pfirsich Affe 22 days ago +1

    America is the perfect example for what shit can happen when you unleash industries and not setting any rules. This country has nice skylines, but when you look behind the curtains, it's the most fucked up country I know.

  • Sergio Melendez
    Sergio Melendez 22 days ago +4

    I like that this episode has some clear cut naming and shaming of the people at fault, hopefully that will make a difference in the upcoming decision.

  • AllYourBase
    AllYourBase 22 days ago

    Do they really take votes by saying aye and no? that's wet t shirt contest type voting. You can call it however you wish.

  • Night Beard
    Night Beard 22 days ago +2

    People must stop believing companies and politicians. Most of them are terrible human beings and rate as low as 8’s, 9’s, and 10’s.

  • Bill Dude
    Bill Dude 23 days ago +3

    I enjoy choking my chicken.

  • Midwest 651612
    Midwest 651612 23 days ago +1


  • goldleaf3333
    goldleaf3333 23 days ago

    I'm vegan for all animals and fish too. Plant based eating is much healthier for us, the planet, and especially for the animals. Let those damn animal farming fuckers grow a conscience and stop brutalizing sentient Beings for greed.

  • Nico Vasquez
    Nico Vasquez 23 days ago

    I don’t eat them.

  • Shuhei Hisagi
    Shuhei Hisagi 23 days ago


  • Random Human
    Random Human 23 days ago +1

    You all are complaining about the evils of capitalism yet who’s the person who gives all their money to these companies...

  • Maitri
    Maitri 23 days ago

    Armadillo doesn’t taste like Chicken.

  • MsAgnostica Goes Quantum

    You are living below the poverty line. Perhaps you should find a different line of work which doesn't torture innocent animals.

    • Smilley MLK
      Smilley MLK 21 day ago +1

      At that point, they might not have a choice. Defaulting on a contract can lead to massive financial punishment - worse than going through with it at a loss. And what do you do when you are out, with a giant chicken coop and a life's supply of nipple feeders?

  • Johnny Bolonny
    Johnny Bolonny 24 days ago +1

    There’s capitalism for you

  • Jerry
    Jerry 24 days ago

    Why is it so hard for so many people to stop or at least cut down on eating meat? I dont understand... It is not just the cruelty against animals or global warming, it is not even good for your health...

  • Taylor Sullivan
    Taylor Sullivan 24 days ago

    the animals are the real victim. stop trying to make a living off of killing innocent beings

  • mueez adam
    mueez adam 24 days ago

    Look at all these____

  • felipe bustamante
    felipe bustamante 24 days ago

    and now 2019 what happens with the chicken fuckers

  • erg0centric
    erg0centric 24 days ago +5

    Chicken tax, artificially increasing prices on chicken and light trucks since 1964

  • ApoTroll
    ApoTroll 24 days ago

    All I took away from this, was relieving the pain of losing Anthony.

  • Rasputin Grigori
    Rasputin Grigori 24 days ago

    All the 2,200 people who downvoted are womaks and chicken fuckers

  • thumper5555
    thumper5555 25 days ago +1

    I just emailed my local rep.

  • Sighs Internally
    Sighs Internally 25 days ago

    heres a thought, raise your own chickens? duh

  • GordWayne
    GordWayne 25 days ago

    So, what happened?

  • Mott Hubris
    Mott Hubris 25 days ago

    Why are you ALWAYS in my auto play!? I like your show, but I don’t want to watch it all the time!

  • Kenza Bellala
    Kenza Bellala 26 days ago

    Talk about Algeria

  • Lance Williams
    Lance Williams 26 days ago

    We are in the Matrix.

  • Thomas Kinkade
    Thomas Kinkade 26 days ago +1

    17:32 Mike Quigley sounds like a chicken fucker name.

  • Christopher Domini
    Christopher Domini 26 days ago

    So? How did it go? Did they vote in favour of the farmers?

  • Gregory Ashton
    Gregory Ashton 26 days ago +1

    6:36 Come again 🍼

  • Frederik MHz
    Frederik MHz 26 days ago +1

    scary thing is that its not only chickens business this stuff is going on , this is the world man... it's all fucked up, addicted on power and money. you dont want to know where or what farming is going on. trust me

  • Large Soda
    Large Soda 27 days ago +1

    School should just be this show

  • tg72201
    tg72201 27 days ago

    Sean Connery shouldn't talk to Leo McGarry like that.

  • Julia Niel
    Julia Niel 28 days ago

    This is why I don't eat meat and have my own chickens to get eggs

  • nukestrom
    nukestrom 28 days ago +11

    Just significantly reduce meat/diary. Its good for your health, good for animals and good for the planet. Simple as that.

    HUGO RUEDA 28 days ago +2

    Which poverty law he asks?! What a brick?

  • Shell Won
    Shell Won 28 days ago

    Dead body smell like chicken stay on counter for one day

  • Zulatek666
    Zulatek666 29 days ago +12

    Can we get a follow up on this story? #ChickenFarmers

  • MikeGamerGuy
    MikeGamerGuy 29 days ago +1

    I don't believe the main ingredient in KFC chicken is chicken... I think it's that breading and grease. There seems to be very little chicken there.

  • Helen Wheels
    Helen Wheels 29 days ago

    Don't eat meat

  • TGMG
    TGMG Month ago

    Now when I see vegans blaming farmers for chicken cooping on facebook, Ima tell them to stfu and throw John Oliver at them.

  • Sachin Raghavan
    Sachin Raghavan Month ago

    This is freaking genocide believed and accepted to be normal. Animals that didn't do anything are condemned to life of pain, family separation and agony for humanity's greedy taste buds.

  • Peter Hooper
    Peter Hooper Month ago +1

    A more accurate term than "chicken daycare": Serfdom.

  • Faolin Siannodel
    Faolin Siannodel Month ago

    I still dont understand the "Aye" vs "no" method of deciding votes. You cant just take a vote on anything important based on the volume of those supporting each side. Could someone please explain how that makes sense?

  • prozzak6616
    prozzak6616 Month ago
    Apparently people were doing the bit at the end NO MATTER HOW THE POLITICIANS VOTED :O Marcy Kaptur herself was a victim of it! Wtf.

  • David Brown
    David Brown Month ago

    Human, supposedly, tastes sort of like particularly dry chicken. Haven't tried it yet; but I believe it.

    • Michael Rudy
      Michael Rudy Month ago

      The fuck do you mean, you haven't tried it YET?

  • Ben7
    Ben7 Month ago +1

    eating chicken while watching this video .

  • Emmamaline Blem
    Emmamaline Blem Month ago

    Hey! My name's Wommack! that hurts John. That hurts