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An OXYMORON is a figure of speech in which two conflicting, opposing or contradictory words are combined.

Bitter sweet.
Awfully good.
Same difference.

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.

If you love animals, start eating like it.

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tarathewolf921's avatar
farm animals AREN'T tortured.
If anything cows, pigs, chickens etc are given a healthy long life, they roam freely, eat lots of healthy grass/ hay and they spend time with their calves/ chicks (I would know I pass A LOT of farms XD)

and since farm animals don't have a long life span anyway they are stunned and they are bled to death in their sleep (it's been proven they don't feel this btw).

Also as a genuine question..... well several

what do YOU think should happen to all the farm animals when we don't eat them anymore ?

do we just set them free ?

do you think they will survive in the wild by themselves ?

Personally I highly doubt a Little piggy can out run a pack of wolves but that's just my opinion

what do you think ? errr sorry for the long post btw... :)
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Regardless of the nature of their lives before slaughter, farmed animals get sent to slaughter. There is a misconception that animals get to "live out their lives" and then get killed. Animals get killed as soon as their purpose is served, or as soon as they reach a profitable size, which is at a fraction of their potential lifespan. The very definition of grass-fed/organic/free-range animals is actually very loose and can vary wildly. It doesn't mean that the animals have any kind of quality of life necessarily, it just means the farm has to meet some arbitrary requirements to earn that title. That's not to say that every single farmer treats their animals dreadfully while they live - some actually do give their animals a fair standard of life before sending them to have their throats slit. But it's ignorant to think it's the norm in the first place. 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.

The suggestion is that vegans want all domesticated animals to be released into the wild. But that's not what anybody is suggesting. You can't do that practically because those animals are domesticated, and are not natural breeds, they were selectively bred. So it would be releasing billions of animals into eco systems which would cause so many unknown problems. What vegans want is for animals to stop being bred. It isn't a question of - either they get eaten by wild animals, or by us. We don't need to be breeding them at all.

PS: I don't mind long posts. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask as much as you like, I will give you a honest reply. :peace:
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Cows/pigs/chickens don't really care if they live out their lives or not mostly because the only thing on their minds is.....

'eat, sleep, reproduce, and so on and so forth'

they live a happy stress-free life none the less (unless of course we are talking about intensive farming in which case I agree that is absolutely disgusting) 

Also I could be reading this wrong but are you suggesting that the pigs will just die out or evolve in the future ?

I would also like to know what your opinion on free range farming products are ?  
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Cows/pigs/chickens don't really care if they live out their lives or not 

Are you implying that other animals don't mind being enslaved, have their babies taken away and have their throats slit? Take a look at this short video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=htUrjO… (not graphic). Do you think this cow doesn't mind that she's going to be killed?

they live a happy stress-free life none the less (unless of course we are talking about intensive farming in which case I agree that is absolutely disgusting) 

99% of all farmed animals comes from those intensive farms. But even if you were only referring to the 1% of organic farms (free-range doesn't even count, because those conditions are horrible and still cramming too many animals together, as portrayed here: i.pinimg.com/originals/cc/77/1…), pretending to be someone's friend and then kill them for profit is really messed up and certainly not "stress-free". Being kind to someone doesn't justify taking their lives, that's serial killer logic. Look at this from the victim's perspective, not just your own. The whole point is that none of this violence is nessecary. It's enslaving and killing innocents for pleasure. And that is something I will never respect, just like how I will never respect other forms of senseless violence.
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And yet everyone I tell this to says I'm just rattling off muckracking propaganda.

Can you show me your sources so I can bullshit the humane stuff some more?
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Here's the complete list of sources from my first book: www.dropbox.com/s/etcotmvtx676…

The dairy sources typed out:

Dave Rogers, “Strange Noises Turn out to Be Cows Missing Their Calves | Local News | Newburyportnews.com,” accessed April 21, 2016.

B.O. Oduguwa, “Fetal Losses from Slaughtering Pregnant Cows at Lafenwa Abattoir in Abeokuta, South Western Nigeria,” Global Journal of Biology, Agriculture & Health Sciences 2, no. 2 (2013).

G. D. Mshelia, V.A. Maina, and M.D. Aminu, “Foetometrics and Economic Impact Analysis of Reproductive Wastages in Ruminant Species Slaughtered in North-Eastern Nigeria,” Journal of Animal Production Advances 5, no. 4 (2015).

Peter Olutope Fayemi and Voster Muchenje, “Maternal Slaughter at Abattoirs: History, Causes, Cases and the Meat Industry,” SpringerPlus 2 (March 22, 2013), doi:10.1186/2193-1801-2-125.

B. K. Whitlock and H. S. Maxwell, “Pregnancy-Associated Glycoproteins and Pregnancy Wastage in Cattle,” Theriogenology 70, no. 3 (August 2008): 550–59, doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2008.05.003.

Stephanie Ernst, “Pregnancy at Slaughter: What Happens to the Calves? – An Animal Rights Article from All-Creatures.org,” All-Creatures.org, April 2013.

P. W. Ladds, P. M. Summers, and J. D. Humphrey, “Pregnancy in Slaughtered Cows in North-Eastern Australia: Incidence and Relationship to Pregnancy Diagnosis, Season, Age and Carcase Weight,” Australian Veterinary Journal 51, no. 10 (October 1975): 472–77.

C. Ndi, N.E. Tambi, and N.W. Agharih, “Reducing Calf Wastage from the Slaughtering of Pregnant Cows in Cameroon,” FAO Corporate Document Repository, accessed April 22, 2016.

G. H. Singleton and H. Dobson, “A Survey of the Reasons for Culling Pregnant Cows,” The Veterinary Record 136, no. 7 (February 18, 1995): 162–65.

Viva!, “Briefing Notes Throwaway Lives,” Text, Viva!, (February 26, 2013).

Born Free USA, “Slaughtered and Skinned,” Born Free USA, September 15, 2002.

Carlo EA Jochems et al., “The Use of Fetal Bovine Serum: Ethical or Scientific Problem?,” ATLA-NOTTINGHAM- 30, no. 2 (2002): 219–228.


P. L. Ruegg and T. J. Tabone, “The Relationship Between Antibiotic Residue Violations and Somatic Cell Counts in Wisconsin Dairy Herds,” Journal of Dairy Science 83, no. 12 (December 1, 2000): 2805–9, doi:10.3168/jds.S0022-0302(00)75178-2.

Dan Charles Twitter, “FDA Tests Turn Up Dairy Farmers Breaking The Law On Antibiotics,” NPR.org, accessed April 22, 2016.

Department of Health and Human Services and Center for Veterinary Medicine, “MILK DRUG RESIDUE SAMPLING SURVEY” (Food and Drug Administration, March 2015).

“Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone,” American Cancer Society, September 10, 2014.

Pamela L. Ruegg, “Relationship between Bulk Tank Milk Somatic Cell Count and Antibiotic Residues,” in Proceeding of the 2005 National Mastitis Council Meeting. National Mastitis Council, 2005, 28.

G. van Schaik, M. Lotem, and Y. H. Schukken, “Trends in Somatic Cell Counts, Bacterial Counts, and Antibiotic Residue Violations in New York State during 1999-2000,” Journal of Dairy Science 85, no. 4 (April 2002): 782–89, doi:10.3168/jds.S0022-0302(02)74136-2.

Veterinary Services Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Healthogy and Animal Health, “Determining U.S. Milk Quality Using Bulk-Tank Somatic Cell Counts” (USDA – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, September 2012).

Public Health Service and Food and Drug Admin, “Grade ‘A’ Pasteurized Milk Ordinance. 2011 Revision” (U.S. Department of He alth and Human Services, 2011).

“Hoards Dairyman: Somatic Cell Legal Limit Will Stay the Same,” Hoard’s Dairyman, May 5, 2011.

Jack McAllister and Mark Witherspoon, Measuring Somatic Cell Counts in DHIA, 2013.

Milk Facts, “Mastitis and Somatic Cells,” MilkFacts.info, accessed April 22, 2016.

Jerome Wilfred Schroeder, Bovine Mastitis and Milking Management (NDSU Extension Service, 1997).

G. M. Jones and T. L. Bailey, “Understanding the Basics of Mastitis | Publications and Educational Resources,” Publications and Educational Resources, Virgiania Tech | Virginia Cooperative Extension, (May 1, 2009).

National Mastitis Council, Current Concepts of Bovine Mastitis, 4th ed. (Arlington, VA: National Mastitis Council, 1996),.

J. Eric Hillerton and Elizabeth A. Berry, “Quality of the Milk Supply: European Regulations versus Practice,” in NMC Annual Meeting Proceedings, 2004, 207–214.

Larry K. Smith and J. S. Hogan, “Milk Quality – A Worldwide Perspective,” vol. 1998 Annual Meeting Proceedings (National Mastitis Council Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri: National Mastitis Council, 1998).

Graciela E. Gutman Elizabeth M. M.Q. Farina, “‘Private and Public Milk Standards in Argentina and Brazil,’” Food Policy 30, no. 3 (2005), doi:10.1016/j.foodpol.2005.05.008.

It’s often stated by activists, myself included, that the restraining apparatus used to secure cows for AI is referred to within the dairy industry as a “rape rack.” In her informational essay, “Dairy Takes Babies from Their Mothers,” Sandra Higgins, BSc (Hons) Psych, MSc Couns Psych of  Go Vegan World traces this terminology to its origin with vivisectionist Harry Harlow. See: Lauren Slater “Monkey Love – The Boston Globe,” The Boston Globe, March 21, 2004; Britain’s Channel 4 and ABC TV, “Monkey Love,” Four Corners, accessed February 7, 2017; Britain’s Channel 4 and ABC TV, “Additional Resources for ‘Monkey Love,’” Four Corners, December 6, 2006, www.abc.net.au/4corners/conten…; As of this writing, I have yet to find a solid example of its use within the industry. Of course, I would assume this kind of phrasing would not be widely publicized in official documents. I will update this citation if I am able to find a solid source.

I have a few good points regarding calling vegan info "propaganda":

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I have hundreds of more sources, if you need something specific, just ask.
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Soldier667|Hobbyist Digital Artist

Dang, that's a lot. Thank you.
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You're welcome!
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