The standard legal form of slaughter for animals is for them to be "stunned" and then have their throats slit. For chickens and pigs, the stunning is generally done with an electric shock, and for other animals a pneumatic bolt pistol projects a metal rod into their forehead. It is claimed that this renders the animal 100% unconscious, but if you actually look into the facts, slaughterhouse workers will admit that there is no way to verify that this is the case for every single animal, and indeed the process doesn't always work, isn't followed routinely, and indeed, the "stun" can wear off while the animal is being killed.
But regardless of the fashion of execution, there isn't a justification for taking the life. It is still taking the life of a sentient being, for your enjoyment ultimately. If somebody killed your companion animal, I doubt you'd say "that's fine because you did it humanely" as described above.
- Vegan Sidekick
The words 'humane' and 'slaughter' put together, are what is known in the English language as an oxymoron, i.e. 2 words that contradict each other when put together. To use the term 'humane slaughter' is as nonsensical as to say 'humane rape', 'humane slavery', or 'humane holocaust'—regarding the latter point, some synonyms for 'slaughter' in the dictionary are 'bloodbath', 'massacre', and 'holocaust'... given that it does not make sense to use the term humane for any of those 3 words, neither can it make sense to say it for the word those synonyms derive from.
Ask yourself this question: is there a nice way to kill someone who doesn't want to die?
Given that animals want to live, and value their lives as we value ours, there is no nice way to kill them.
In any case, anyone looking at the methods we use to kill farmed animals can see for themselves that it's not 'humane'. Whether the animal is stunned with a bolt gun or prongs, or whether it's by gas chamber, or whether they are killed via the Halal/Schechita method, these are not exactly methods we would use to euthanise even someone who did want to die.
Though why didn't they just shot it instead of stun it or stab it? That seems unnecessary, as pretty much shooting it will quickly ends its life.
And humans evolved as omnivores. Without meat, or brains would not have evolved as large and we would not be as intelligent.
I'm not saying this doesn't mean we could live without meat. As a matter of fact, the world would improve if only people didn't eat as much meat and get fat, but humans still need meat.
Wild animals kill to survive. They must kill to eat, otherwise they would die. Whether they kill on instinct or are aware of their predicament is irrelevant, we are not in their situation. If you live in modern society and have access to crops, vegetables, fruit, grains etc, then you have no obligation or need for animal products. Also, lions exhibit all kinds of behaviour that you would seek to avoid, for instance, violent territorial disputes, and male lions will kill the cubs of a female he wishes to mate with because she won't mate while she has cubs around. Lions are not good ethical role models.
The human brain theory has been debunked over a decade ago. Starch is what made our brains grow to this size. The brain works on glucose after all, not on fat and cholesterol. You say that humans need meat. This is false as proven by all the hundreds of millions of vegans in the world, myself included. It's actually unhealthy for us.
Good counter meme.
That being said, no one ever said that we shouldn't speak out against slave labour. I promote fairtrade production all the time.
Veganism isn't about dogmatically and irrationally saying "I am perfect, I harm nothing". It is about recognising the harm that is being done by our society, and trying to make a change, avoid being part of it - as far as we can.
Do those 50billion cattle live to be at least 70 years old? Do those 50billion cattle eat as much as humans need to? Cattle get fed feed, and yes some of that is from crops (which by the way, are mostly only corn because we have so much corn we don’t know what to do with it. Notice the articles I sent you weren’t about corn. One was specifically about watermelons, you tell me people feed cows watermelons?)
The only crops that get fed to cattle are corn, the corn problem in America isn’t reliant on cattle.
Veganism destroys our environment because to produce as many plant food to, hypothetically, feed the population. We’d have to overfarm land, which is already happening! Land is overfarmed to produce the vegetables we eat, not just to feed cattle. And not just food, cotton too is picked by slave labor for overfarming. Land is DESTROYED by overfarming to produce crops.
What happens when people eat meat? An animal dies. That’s it,
I've been a cattle rancher. I know how much animals eat. For every pound of meat produced, up to 25 pounds of crops have been fed to an animal. These animals are being bred again and again and again, so I'm not sure why you make it sound as if we suddenly stop feeding crops to animals as soon as they're slaughtered, because their sons/daughters just take their place in the feeding line. Most crops that are produced are corn, wheat and soy, meant as cattle feed.
It is ignorant to claim that feeding 50 billion animals is more efficient than feeding just 7.5 billion people on plants. Maybe you just didn't know, but I have 3 works about food sustainability. All sources are in the artist description, in case you want to check them out.
Meanwhile I found multiple articles from farmers (plant farmers) saying how concerning veganism is. You also completely ignored my point of how the only crops fed to cattle is corn, and the only reason we feed corn to cattle is because we overproduce it.
The issue with the environment isn’t that “cows are dying uwu” it’s factory farming, which veganism isn’t going to help. It just switches what’s factory farmed.
The cows were separated, so they didn't know about the cows ahead of them being killed, so that was nice of them at least.
They were killed by an 8 inch crossbow bolt fired in their head that killed them instantly, they didn't see it coming so they weren't scared.
About 1 out of 20 cows survive the headshot. Those ones had to continue riding the conveyor belt, bleeding out and dying a slow, painful death, until the call that there was a live one on the rails brought in another gun to end their misery.
That's hundreds every day, surviving a headshot and feeling pain.
So, MAYBE your meat was killed instantly, MAYBE it wasn't. And do you still want to support that industry
But regardless of the fashion of execution, there isn't a justification for taking the life. It is still taking the life of a sentient being, for non-vegans' enjoyment ultimately. If somebody killed their companion animal, I doubt they'd say "that's fine because you did it humanely" as described above.
Yup, it's still wrong to kill, even if it's a quick painless death its still stopping a living thing that obviously doesn't want to die.