An OXYMORON is a figure of speech in which two conflicting, opposing or contradictory words are combined.
Bitter sweet. Love-hate. Awfully good. Same difference. HUMANE SLAUGHTER.
The term humane slaughter is actually an oxymoron because by definition, humane means to be kind or gentle, or to show or have compassion or benevolence. Synonyms also include merciful, gracious and friendly. And to slaughter is to KILL or TORTURE a creature. That is a VIOLENT act. Not one of kindness, gentleness, mercy, compassion or benevolence. To breed a being into existence for the sole purpose of soon slaughtering and dismembering them, is the epidemic of dominance and violence and is ANYTHING BUT humane. But as meat and dairy sales continue to decline because more people are waking up to the reality of what animals go through for their byproducts and their flesh to make it to our plates and more delicious cruelty-free alternatives become available, more campaigns, advertisements, signs and labels portraying the slaughter, exploitation and dismembering of animals as humane, are going to continue to erupt like cancer cysts. If you’re going to the meat department of your grocery store right now, you can probably find 5-7 companies that have some sort of “certified humane” or “compassionate” logo or sigh around their meat products because people are starting to wake up and the truth about what animals are going through is being exposed. So instead of moving towards an actual, passionate lifestyle of non-violence, meat and dairy companies and suppliers are trying to portray meat and dairy as compassionate, kind things for animals. Like a new display in the meat department of Whole Foods which says “A hearty helping of animal compassion with every order.”
Paying for killing an animal is NOT compassion for animals. Any more than killing a human is compassion for a human or killing a dog is compassion for a dog.
Killing animals isn’t compassionate.
It’s cruel and it’s violent. My friend, you cannot “kindly” kill an animal that doesn’t want to die. You can kill a sensitive creature but it’s never going to be kind, it’s never going to be compassionate and it’s never going to, by definition, be humane. As Andrea Kladar said: “To examine whether something is “humane”, first determine if you would want it done to you.”
And just the other day, in Whole Foods, in the meat department, I saw this sign that says: “5-step animal welfare rating system”. (Similar to the stars of the Dierenbescherming in The Netherlands) “Your way of knowing how the animal was raised.” I mean, even that’s total bullshit! No yellow sticker in the meat deli is actually gonna show you HOW that animal was raised. But what can show you is undercover investigation. Like an undercover investigation from a couple of months ago into a “humane” hog farm that supplies meat to Whole Foods. And what was found was sick, injured pigs with prolapses living in dark filthy conditions, pigs stuck into trucks for over a day at a time, with no water, in high temperatures. And then of course they’re bolted in the head or gassed “humanely”. And then their throats are cut and they bleed out. Tell me Whole Foods, how do you rate the welfare of animals when they’re being gassed, bolted in the head and having their throats slit? One star? Two? You see, we “humanely” breed our animals into existence, and then “humanely” exploit them, and then “humanely” force them down in a hallway that reeks of blood and death. “Humanely” bolt them in the head, and gas them, hoist them upside down... “humanely”... and then slit their throats and let them bleed out. I mean, compassion for animals is why we do what we do.
Do people actually buy this crap?! I mean, where does this “certified humane” logo come from? And who certifies a company that’d be able to put it on every single piece of meat they package and sell? Is there some committee of meat farmers who sit around the table and dip a “certified humane” stamp into the blood of their humane killing floor, and then fax it off to be distributed? Or do they just go in and walk around a couple of times and decide: “Yep! Your place is humane! You can put “certified humane” on ALL of your victims’ corpses!”
Listen, it comes down to this: There is no right way to do the wrong thing.
Because whether it’s factory farmed or organic, the animals always ends up with the same fate. A fate that we would never tolerate for cats or dogs. No matter how humane the butcher, food store, company or package claim it to be.