A Humane Pig Slaughter, from beginning to end

When most people sit down to eat a meal with meat, they rarely stop to think about what that means. To produce that beautiful pork chop, roast chicken, or filet mignon, an animal has to be raised from its first day on this earth to the final day of slaughter. As someone that eats meat, I have always thought it was important to understand and appreciate the sacrifice every animal makes for us to have them as part of our meal.

It is a noble pursuit for a farm to raise animals that have a healthy, happy, and humane life that ends with an ethical slaughter free of suffering. I believe if a person eats meat, they should be comfortable with understanding and seeing the slaughtering process. I had the opportunity to photograph a humane slaughter of two pigs, not for retail sale, which is shown below. The photos are graphic, but to me, represent the most humane method of slaughtering an animal.

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3 Responses to A Humane Pig Slaughter, from beginning to end

  1. Jerry G. says:

    Its good that Sawyer isn’t squeamish towards that stuff.

  2. Miranda Dalton says:

    This documentation of a pig slaughter is interesting and informative. However I think the author should elaborate on what makes the slaughter ethical “from beginning to end.” From the slaughtered pig’s point of view, it seems to end with the first gun shot. From the other pigs’ point of view, there must be some stress associated with seeing one of their own dead and bleeding on the ground. Just asking.

    • josh says:

      When I say beginning to end, I mean from right before the gunshot to having the pig ready to hang in a freezer.

      The photo of the pigs surrounding the recently killed pig might seem like a gathering of mourners, but I observed the entire event and they seemed curious, not upset, about the pig. My feeling is that because the pig died so quickly and there was no struggle, the other pigs didn’t realize what had happened. You can certainly see it in a pigs’ eyes and how frantic their movements are if they aren’t feeling safe or comfortable, and I didn’t see anything like that when they approached.

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