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5 Common Practices in Slaughterhouses That You Need to Know

This article sheds some light on some of the practices inside slaughterhouses.
January 7, 2016

It’s quite possible that you are part of the majority of people that do not know how a slaughterhouse works or how animals end up in these places; this is because the meat industry tries very hard to hide its routine procedures. No school would take children on a field trip to one of these inhumane places.

In order to get consumers to buy their products, the meat industry has to keep the horrors that millions of animals face every day hidden from our eyes and ears.

We have listed below some of the most common slaughterhouse procedures, because being informed is a choice of all compassionate and responsible consumers. If you are an animal lover, you will definitely find this information necessary (and outrageous).

1. Forced fasting

They stop feeding animals up to 24 hours before being sent to slaughter so there are no traces of food in their digestive system that impede the processing of the meat.

2. Inhumane transportation

Animals are sent to slaughter crammed into trucks that can travel long distances while banned from food and water. For some animals, this will be the first and the last time they see the sunshine because they lived their entire lives inside artificially illuminated factory farms.

For birds like chickens and hens, the journey to the slaughterhouse is usually done at night, because these animals develop less activity when there’s no light.

3. Watching and waiting for the end

Animals have to wait their turn at the slaughterhouse. The wait can last one or two days long. Some animals, such as pigs and cows, witness how their peers are sent to death, and suffer terribly knowing that they will be next.

4. Electrocution

Before dying, different types of mechanisms are used to knock out animals before being slaughtered. Pigs are left unconscious; they are electrocuted with an apparatus applied to their temples. Hens and chickens are forced to pass upside down by electrified water. And cows have their skulls drilled with a special gun, which introduces a retractable bullet into their brains.

5. Cruel death

Decapitation occurs when the animals are hung upside down. Hanging upside down allows them to bleed out quicker, meaning that it is more commercially beneficial for subsequent processing of the meat.

Slaughterhouses “process” many animals a day, so its operation is similar to an assembly line. Cows and pigs, animals of great weight, are lifted from the floor by their rear legs, causing them tears and breaks. After that, they are slaughtered by the killers, their trembling bodies can be extended endless minutes.

Chickens and hens are hung upside down on conveyor belts. They are mechanically slaughtered by machines. In poultry slaughterhouses, almost everything is automated. They can kill more than 50,000 animals in just one week.

How You Can Help Animals Inside Slaughterhouses:

To avoid contributing to the daily horror millions of poor animals inside slaughterhouses face, you can replace meat, dairy, and eggs in your diet. Millions of compassionate people around the world are already doing it. At you can find great tips and delicious and healthy food without the cruelty.

You can also lend your voice against this cruelty by signing our petition to put an end to factory farming. Forever. 

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