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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4 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.

  3. Evelyn S. says:

    I happened upon this site while researching Factory Farming. You mention that you appreciate the sacrifice that the pig is making, I don’t think the pig had a vote. I am trying to understand the mindset of people who view the pigs as only a commodity, not as a living creature who has the intelligence of a toddler. Studies have shown that they are smarter than a dog. Surely no one would contemplate slaughtering and eating a dog or a cat. From my perspective, there is no difference. I would no more slaughter a pig than slaughter my dog. I’m sure you’ve probably heard this view before and can’t comprehend it. You might want to visit” Esther The Wonder Pig”, a four year old pig who was raised as a member of the family. It has not only bonded with the humans, but her best friend and companion is a dog. It makes my heart hurt seeing the little girl taking the ending of a life so casually.

    Although I can’t comprehend killing this animal, your method is certainly far more humane than those in Factory Farms. At least the animal dies quickly. I was glad to see the pigs in a pasture setting. At least they have a decent life before it is ends.

    I just wanted to share my perspective. I haven’t eaten meat in forty years after I connected the animal flesh on my plate to the reality of how the majority of pigs are raised, transported, and slaughtered. Surely you’ve seen the videos on factory farming and how the animals truly suffer.

    I don’t know anything about you or your life. Are these pigs merely for your family’s consumption or do you sell them? I would appreciate your personal views.

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