Humaneness of Slaughter

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The Ugly

Animals are treated primarily as a means to a profit


Switched off their natural diets to a diet more profitable, animals need great amounts of medicine just to live to slaughter


Animals are often kicked, thrown, and shocked with electric prods to get them to walk to slaughter areas


Male chicks are ground alive because factories have no use for them.


A number of farms promising proper, religious slaughter techniques do not deliver on said promises.


Pigs thrown, alive, after a failed stunning attempt, into dumpsters


Gestation crates too small for pigs to move


Ever get KFC? Their supplier has had incidents of employee's stomping on chickens to kill them.


Castration methods:

  • Surgical castration: The scrotum is cut with a scalpel, the testicles are dissected out, the cord and veins connecting the testicles are cut and the testicles are removed by twisting, cutting or tearing.

  • Rubber ring castration: A tight rubber ring applied to the scrotum above the testicles results in lack of blood flow, killing the testicles, which fall off after two to four weeks.

Crushing castration (Burdizzo method): Crushing castration is performed by crushing the spermatic cord and blood vessels of each testis with a pliers-like clamp, without breaking the skin. The clamp is held in place for several seconds and may be applied twice per testicle

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The Ugly by James Swetman
I am scared and don't want to die.
Bowood Film for Public
World-first video: pigs being 'put to sleep' in 'humane' abattoir (WARNING: Graphic)
Undercover Investigation at Hy-Line Hatchery

The Bad

A total of nine billion farming animals are killed for food each year in the US alone


It is estimated that around 150 billion animals are killed each year


People consuming more meat than ever before, along with wasting more


People have alternative means of getting the nutrients they need


Often animals aren't stunned by the first bolt and butchered alive.

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The Bad by James Swetman

The Good

The conditions of animals slaughter have improved greatly over the years


Many companies have plans to improve the quality of their slaughterhouses


Thanks to activists and pro-compassionate slaughter promoters, slaughterhouses have been made more with the animals safety and fears in mind


Organizations are being held to the highest standard yet

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The Good by James Swetman
Video Tour of Beef Plant Featuring Temple Grandin

Ethical Questions

  • “Does the pleasure we enjoy from eating a chicken outweigh the pain we would endure were we to be raised and killed for that meal?” (J.G. Matheny)

  • With documented proof of the horrors that go on in the meat industry, how must we change a society, unwilling to let go of their childish ignorance on the topic?

  • Is it just to use animals as a means to an end?

  • Beyond the consumption of meat, is the consumption of all animal products unethical?

  • Can animals be raised to be eaten in proper, natural conditions? Is said practice just?

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Ethical Questions by James Swetman