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.

On the Renewed Debate Over Horse Slaughter

Animal Person

Not approving the institutionalized slaughter of the horses we claim to hold so dear lowers that value. Butcher (no joke) from Montana: " “No one has to send a horse to a processing plant. " Surge in Abandoned Horses Renews Debate Over Slaughterhouses " in today's New York Times begs a lot of questions that I wonder how you would answer. Let's deconstruct: The facts of the case: "Emaciated horses eating bark off trees. Abandoned horses tied to telephone poles.

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Undercover Video Sparks Calls for Canadian Ban on Horse Meat

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They call the process unethical. canada animal abuse meat quebec horse slaughterExcerpted from CTV.CA. Animal rights groups are calling for a ban on the sale of horse meat after disturbing video at a slaughterhouse in west Quebec was sent to the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition. The footage was shot with a hidden camera inside Les Viandes de la Petite Nation near Montebello. It shows a parade of horses being stunned with what's called a captive bolt pistol.

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Proposed Nebraska Legislation Angers Horse Activists

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If they don't want us to process horses, what are we supposed to do?". nebraska horses horse slaughterFrom the Lexington Clipper-Herald. click here for the full article. Two bills introduced in the Nebraska Legislature are drawing fire from the largest animal advocacy organization in the world. Newcomer to the Legislature Sen.

Montana Passes Horse Slaughterhouse Protection Measure

Critter News

Montana has passed a law making it difficult to challenge the building of a horse slaughtering facility in that state. Judicial review of equine slaughter or processing facilities -- surety bond -- attorney fees -- venue. (1) Tags: horse slaughter The last such facility in the US closed in 2007. This bill specifically makes for groups that might oppose it to use the court system to do so. From the bill, which you can read here : Section 2.

Why Do Animals Exist?

Creature Talk

They also tried to tell me that veganism is no better because of all the animals that are killed in the process of harvesting vegetables and grains. Those crops are then largely fed to “food animals&# , which are then slaughtered and fed to humans.

On "EATING ANIMALS" by Jonathan Safran Foer

Animal Person

The Nimans move him, as do several other farmers, including one who "apologizes to his animals as they are sent off to slaughter" (244), as if that's any consolation to someone whose life you are about to take when you don't need to.

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The Best in Vegan Education

Animal Person

if they are "farmed" or slaughtered in a certain way). Someone has to be very, very committed to learning and to challenging their thought processes to read a book they know is in direct contrast to the way they think.

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On Going Vegan

Animal Person

Of course, as a result, "ethical meat" becomes an option unless one realizes that killing when you don't need to is killing when you don't need to, no matter if it occurs in a slaughterhouse or in a mobile slaughter operation or in a backyard.

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Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act Passed House Judiciary

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6598) is a bill that criminalizes the sale and transportation of horses for slaughter. According to a statement from the AQHA, “The majority of horses processed for slaughter in the United States [prior to slaughterhouse closures in this country] were no longer viable for their intended use, unmanageable or simply unwanted by their owners. It amazes me that legislative business is still being conducted in DC these days, what with the US economic sky falling.

More Humane Method of Killing Chickens?

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Department of Agriculture (USDA)-approved slaughter method that is currently used to kill 75 percent of turkeys and 25 percent of chickens in the United Kingdom and 10 percent of all birds in the European Union. asphyxiated); they die from lack of oxygen, or anoxia, which is a painless process.

Everything in Moderation?

Animal Person

Slaughter in moderation. But it might kill someone else, as in the case of hot dogs, considering no creature gets out of the hot-dog making process alive. You may recall me writing about TD, my tax-resisting, raw-food eating, no-TV watching, parachuting-into-nuclear reactor(ing?) boyfriend of over 20 years ago. He was particularly talented at the conversation stopper: a succinct response to something that people found so shocking that the conversation would stop.

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On Compassionate Carnivores and Betrayal

Animal Person

There's no "compassion" in the process. Yes, I do think it's better to have lived a comfortable life and then be slaughtered than to have been tortured the entire time and then be slaughtered. There is no question about the motive here: seduce the sheep into believing you care so that they are easier to deal with and easier to lead to slaughter.

Animal Welfare Act Inadequate for Farm Animals

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Humane treatment runs counter to the entire industry when the point is to make money by processing these animals as fast as possible. are killed in factory style slaughterhouses whose primary goal is to kill and process animals quickly and efficiently. Baur believes that slaughterhouse cruelty can be reduced by simple operational changes, such as slowing down the slaughter lines. This is really interesting. How many people know this about the Animal Welfare Act?

On Talking With Veterinarians About Vegan Food

Animal Person

Charles the lame greyhound doesn't process grains well at all. Do you politely say that you've done the research and are convinced that a vegan diet is perfectly appropriate for most dogs and has the added bonus of not putting you in a position where you're supporting the needless slaughter of other animals?

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Are Farm Animals Usually Killed in a Humane Manner?

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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. Animals are raw materials to process for product. You are not processing their wellbeing, but their carcasses for meat. There are horror stories of animals not completely dead before they are being processed.

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.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 6 of 13

Animal Ethics

The Argument from Glass-Walled Slaughter Houses Mel Morse, former president of the Humane Society of the United States, once remarked: “If every one of our slaughter houses were constructed of glass this would be a nation of vegetarians.” Even if sanitary conditions were improved, the sight of tons of peanuts being ground and large vats of peanut butter being processed might have a depressing effect on one’s desire for a peanut butter sandwich.

J. Baird Callicott on Factory Farms

Animal Ethics

Meat, however, purchased at the supermarket, externally packaged and internally laced with petrochemicals, fattened in feed lots, slaughtered impersonally, and, in general, mechanically processed from artificial insemination to microwave roaster, is an affront not only to physical metabolism and bodily health but to conscience as well. That immoral something is the transmogrification of organic to mechanical processes. (

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. These farmers work long hours moving animals from pasture to pasture and often struggle with a paucity of meat-processing infrastructure suitable to the needs of small-scale producers. To the Editor: Re “ Humanity Even for Nonhumans ,” by 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.

J. Baird Callicott on Wild Life

Animal Ethics

The land ethic, it should be emphasized, as Leopold has sketched it, provides for the rights of nonhuman natural beings to a share in the life processes of the biotic community. The land ethic, in sum, is as much opposed, though on different grounds, to commercial traffic in wildlife, zoos, the slaughter of whales and other marine mammals, etc.,

Jan Narveson on Moral Vegetarianism

Animal Ethics

What the utilitarian who defends human carnivorousness must say, then, is something like this: that the amount of pleasure which humans derive per pound of animal flesh exceeds the amount of discomfort and pain per pound which are inflicted on the animals in the process, all things taken into account.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Yet not mentioned is a simple step that will go a long way toward ensuring compliance with our already lax slaughterhouse requirements: Place video cameras throughout the kill process. And as the slaughtering of animals is not high tech, certainly no trade secrets would be at risk with the imposition of cameras. We cannot allow food-processing businesses to disregard safety standards without financial and criminal retribution. To the Editor: Your Feb.

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.]