Cruel Animal Slaughter

We need an effective method to humanely kill livestock, and government laws to support the case. As of now, farmers elect to kill their male chickens upon birth in full consciousness by grinding them. They also keep pregnant sows locked up in a cage where they cannot move at all, until they give birth; and once rendered incapable of reproducing, they are immediately sent to be harshly killed. We  believe that procedures such as these on all types of livestock are cruel, disrespectful, and very unnecessary. The fact is, the government has passed a federal law that  states that livestock must be slaughtered in a humane way to prevent unneeded suffering and pain. We think that techniques such as electrocuting in water, gassing, and being fully conscious on a conveyor belt leading to getting necks being cut open, are definitely causing unneeded suffering and pain. Currently, the law is not being enforced, and farms are not using methods that adhere to the law. Why are these farms using such horrible practices? Do they care about the animals? Have people even tried helping or promoting awareness of this situation? We have researched and come up with answers to these questions and so many more, so that you can understand the means behind  the slaughtering.

There are two main causes of animals being slaughtered cruelly instead of humanely killing them. These causes are money and efficiency.  The cost of a slot in a slaughterhouse is much cheaper than the cost of a injection of medication. The cheapness of a slaughterhouse makes the meat itself cheaper as well.  It’s also more efficient for a farmer to just send a animal to a place where someone else will do the “dirty work” and send them a check than to have to bring the animal to a professional place and have them killed properly. Even though the idea of a slaughterhouse sounds unappealing, it makes the farmers life easier and cheaper.

Slaughtering animals cruelly has many impacts on people, the environment and the livestock.  The two main impacts are that  farmers save money and  since the laws aren’t really enforced people don’t understand the seriousness of slaughtering animals cruelly.  Farmers save money when they slaughter animals inhumanely.  This impacts the animals and the people.  They save money because the machines used to slaughter them are cheaper than killing them peacefully.  When they have more money they become richer and keep wanting to have more money.  The other impact on people is that the government is not enforcing the laws of slaughtering.  People then do not understand the harmfulness of their slaughtering.   Farmers  are impacted because they do not realise how bad it is and never stop hurting the animals.  The people who buy their meat are impacted because if they knew about what happens they might make different decisions on buying the meat.

There have been some solutions created to solve the problem of slaughter cruelty. As we mentioned earlier, a law was passed in 1958 called the Humane Slaughter Act that was designed to protect animals from cruel slaughter. This law has helped decrease the number of farmers who kill animals using painful methods, but there are still farmers that persist using bad methods. We believe that the law does not work because the consequences for violating it are not high. For example, the penalty for violating the law is a fine, not jail. There are also several organizations including ASPCA, Animal Welfare Institution, and ADAPTT trying to raise awareness and encourage safe slaughter practices. Although these organizations are helping, safe slaughter methods are not prevalent. Our solution to this problem is to have the government enforce the original law (Humane Slaughter Act) by hiring inspectors to travel to different farms and verify that farmers are complying with the law. We think the government should take this issue as seriously as the inspection of organic foods. To create this inspector  job, the government will need money to pay the inspectors and transport them to different farms. And the consumer needs to be willing to pay slightly more for the food they buy from farmers to be ensured it is of higher quality. Additionally, organizations should continue raising awareness of this issue. There are smaller ways to help out too. For example, you can inform friends or family members, of these issues to spread awareness.

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Citations:

USDA

SlaughterHouse Video

Wikipedia

The humane society

Different New York Times Articles

Pigs trapped in cages

Chickens caged in small space

Example of free range cows

By: Athena, Kate, Niav, and India 🙂

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