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#637: Happy exploitation (2)

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Published: November 28, 2018
Humane slaughter
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

"HUMANE SLAUGHTER"

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.

- George Martin

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Dr-XIII's avatar
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There are QUICKER ways to kill a cow: A shot to the head from an actual gun, like a pistol, or a hand-gun. Decapitation works, too. the cattle will drop dead in seconds (usually), and that thrashing, that's just the nerve-reaction flaring up. Happens every time a deer or a feral pig is shot in the head.
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Or just not kill them and eat something else?
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I was referring to only different ways of killing cattle. Not kill them and eating something else is NOT one of those ways.
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Well, I'm saying that we don't have to kill cattle to eat. So both killing methods are unnessecary cruelty.
EmanuelTheodorus's avatar
And at this point, I can totally see they call Brazen Bull humane.
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. 
DeltaEclipsion's avatar
This is why I strongly dislike factory farming. I'm ok with hunting though, as long as it's done legally and isn't just for sport.
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Why is killing domesticated animals wrong, but killing wild animals fine? Aren't they all sentient beings who want to live?
DeltaEclipsion's avatar
I'm really not sure. Maybe it's because domestic dogs and cats are seen as companions not food. But one thing I do know is that animals die all the time in the wild. Do the lions live on grass? Do the wolves live on fruit? No.
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.
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Practically any animal could be your companion if you gave them the chance. People keep pigs as companions, and form bonds with them as strong as you can with a dog.

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.

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Now I want a steak.
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WuB4o896Student Digital Artist
Honestly, halfway accurate.
Good counter meme.
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Thanks ^_^
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Yeet, no problem.
Was expecting to be blocked by now :c

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I don't block people, unless they troll my page all over or something or harass my followers. 
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Oh dang, honestly that is surprising.
Not to sound rude or generalising too much, but when I give such purposefully-exploiting
responses on topics such as that or something stamp-related (gender sjw topics/religion)
people abuse thy block the moment they have any kind of tingle in their stomach due to a
joke... That or they block mid-argument.Spamming one's page or individually going after
and harassing each and every follower is way too time consuming, could do something
productive for that much time and hatred ;D
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I think most people block way too fast. I find discussions interesting and love reading other people's views on things. 
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Lions? Did someone actually use that against you? I mean, its prablobly true, but I've never heard that..
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I hear it all the time. In fact: I used to be one of the people pulling that argument against vegans back when I was still a non-vegan. I blindly copied it from others instead of thinking for myself. I have a comic on my past ignorance:

#229: Absurd justifications (5) by Pupaveg
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While on the subject on weird things people said to you...you were called a natzi? Was it a racial thing, or because you're a vegan?
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Some people call vegans "Nazis" for "forcing their choice on others". But they don't seem to realize that vegans do the exact opposite, by telling them to stop forcing their choice on animals.
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Well, I'm happy you learned from your mistake. It makes us better people when we can do so.
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:nod:
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😊
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