Study Claims Islamic Slaughtering More Humane

Critter News

I came across this strange article about German research on which slaughter method creates more pain for the animal: the Western method of stunning or the Islamic method of a cut to the neck. The Islamic practice of slaughtering animals by means of a sharp cut to the front of the neck has frequently come under attack by some animal rights activists as being a form of animal cruelty, the claim being that it is a painful inhumane method of killing animals.

Why You Shouldn’t Watch the Kentucky Derby

Creature Talk

When they break a leg or fail to win (to create a “return” on their owners’ investment), they are discarded – often sent to slaughter , a profitable end for the owner, but a brutal one for the animal. The much-hyped Kentucky Derby will be taking place this Saturday, May 1st.

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Horse Slaughter No More

Animal Ethics

citizens have been struggling to bring an end to the inhumane practice of slaughtering horses for human consumption. For previous posts on the ethical issues surrounding the slaughtering of horses for human consumption, see here , here , and here. For several years, conscientious U.S. Happily, that struggle is finally over.

Europe Votes to Ban Seal Products

Critter News

A resolution at the end of a three-year campaign, triggered by a public outcry at the annual seal culls in Canada and Norway, condemned the slaughter of seals as "inherently inhumane". That's good news. From the press release: Euro-MPs have voted overwhelmingly for a total ban on the trade in seal products across Europe.

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On Letting Your Emotions Rule the Day

Animal Person

Paragraph #4 starts with: "Undeniably, neither I nor anyone I know advocates or even tolerates the inhumane treatment of farm animals." The veracity of this statement hinges on Scott's definition of "inhumane," and that definition must be very, very restricted, and clearly unrelated to the realities of our modern factory farm system. He is letting his attachment to eating animals and his attachment to his constituents profiting from their slaughter cloud his decision making.

Push Land-Grant Universities Out of the Meat Industry

Animal Person

The meat industry is inherently destructive and inhumane, there is no way to make it otherwise, and much of the harm it does to ecosystems is by inflicting suffering and death on billions of nonhuman animals, farmed and free-living, each year. Animal science” – distinct from zoology, the science of Earth’s millions of animal species – is what LGUs call meat-industry courses, including slaughtering animals, making ice cream, the full range of meat-linked endeavor.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Just days before Barbaro was humanely put down, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act was reintroduced in Congress. In an incredible juxtaposition to the fanfare of Barbaro, more than 100,000 horses were slaughtered last year in the United States and shipped to Europe and Japan for human consumption. Each one of these animals suffered extreme cruel and inhumane conditions in the transportation and slaughter process.

Bill Introduced in Congress to Protect Wild Horses

Critter News

He says it's unacceptable for wild horses that embody the spirit of the American West to be slaughtered. Unfortunately, many decades of underfunding and inhumane management practices combined to destroy these wild herds, leaving fewer than 25,000 wild horses and burros on public lands by the early 1970s. Nick Rahall and Raul Grijalva have introduced a bill that would protect healthy wild horses from being killed by the BLM.

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Are Farm Animals Usually Killed in a Humane Manner?

Critter News

For some people, it is inhumane to eat meat in any situation, no matter how well the animal is treated prior to and during slaughter. There is an abundance of information on the web about undercover investigations, livestock conditions, slaughter procedures, etc. Andrew from Good Honest Dollar had an excellent question. He asked whether cows, chickens, sheep and some of the other animals that we eat are usually treated and killed in a humane manner.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Horses slaughtered in America today go not to feed the poor and the hungry but to satisfy the esoteric palates of wealthy diners in Europe and Japan. The issue is not whether slaughtering horses is un-American, but that it is inhumane and wholly unnecessary. Horse slaughter for meat export is just plain wrong. The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act is needed to ensure that a permanent ban on slaughter is enacted.

Animal Advocates' Successes Have Factory Farmers Running Scared

Animal Ethics

September 7, 2006, a bill banning the slaughter of horses for human consumption( H.R. The dark secret behind factory farm profits—cruel and inhumane animal husbandry—is getting out. Factory farmers treat animals inhumanely for no good reason. Since morally decent individuals oppose treating animals inhumanely for no good reason, factory farming is becoming an increasingly hard sell. There is no ethical justification for treating an animal inhumanely for no good reason.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Would we say these people were slaughtered in a “people friendly” manner? Confinement is confinement, mutilation is mutilation, and slaughter is slaughter. Animal agriculture is inherently inhumane. To the Editor: Re “ Humanity Even for Nonhumans ,” by Nicholas D. Kristof (column, April 9): Thank you for this inspiring and enlightening article. Animals raised for food suffer miserably.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

While this legislation would be an important step in transforming inhumane animal production, we must also call for change on the federal level, where the farm bill subsidizes this sector to the tune of billions of dollars. It’s time that our tax dollars no longer finance the inhumane conditions—for workers and animals and the climate—of factory farms. To the Editor: Re “ A Farm Boy Reflects ” (column, July 31): Hats off to Nicholas D.

Reasons Consistently Applied

Animal Ethics

After two or three laying cycles when their egg production begins to wane, the layer hens are inhumanely loaded onto trucks and sent to slaughter, where they are processed into chicken soup and pet food. After several years of confinement and continual reimpregnation on a dairy farm, spent dairy cows are sent to slaughter where they are processed into ground beef. I suspect that many regular readers of Animal Ethics are already vegetarians.

Meat, Cancer, and the Cumulative Case for Ethical Vegetarianism

Animal Ethics

At the time of slaughter, these frightened animals are inhumanely loaded onto trucks and shipped long distances to the slaughterhouse without food or water or protection from the elements. If you do view the documentary, I suspect that you will agree that "raising," transporting and slaughtering animals in this way is, indeed, prima facie wrong and ought not be supported, absent a very compelling reason for doing so.]

Prima Facie vs. Ultima Facie Wrongness

Animal Ethics

And it certainly doesn't follow that it is permissible to eat meat that comes from animals who were forced to endure horribly inhumane factory farm conditions and who were then slaughtered inhumanely. Rather, the question is: "Is it morally permissible to eat this meat—the meat you are about to purchase—which did come from an inhumanely raised and cruelly slaughtered animal?" are raised in cruel, inhumane factory farms.

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