If You Knew How Your Meat was Killed, Would You Still Eat It?

The life and death of an animal in the meat industry is often a complete mystery to the consumer who buys and eats it.

While many consumers are looking for more transparency on labeling information, how much do they really want to know about the death of those who end up on their plates?

Animals in the food industry can be legally slaughtered in a variety of ways including carbon dioxide, electrical current, inert gas, gunshot and captive bolt pistol. As well as these standard methods of slaughter, there are also issues surrounding religious slaughter such as kosher and shechita, both of which follow strict religious guidelines which differ from conventional slaughterhouses.

A recent high profile case in the UK has brought the issue to light, as customers of Pizza Express discovered that all chicken items on the menu were ritually slaughtered in halal slaughterhouses. The public reacted with outrage and anger as many people felt that they had been duped into buying ritualistically slaughtered meat, leading to the assumption that people do actually care how their meat is killed, and that this has a direct impact on whether or not they would still eat it.

“Stunned” or “Unstunned,” How Would You Like Your Meat Killed?

After the Pizza Express incident in the UK, politicians debated in parliament whether or not meat should be labelled as “stunned” or “unstunned” to alert the public to whether or not it was killed according to religious guidelines or not. Many MPs claimed that these labels would not be an effective way of informing the public as they can be misinterpreted and that the fairest way would be to list all forms of slaughter on the packaging to give people true transparency.

The issues raised here go much deeper than whether or not the public supports ritualistic slaughter, and are actually about whether or not people want to be confronted with the reality of where their meat comes from. The vast majority of shoppers don’t pay a second thought as to how their meat is killed, preferring to remain ignorant to the fact that the food they eat was once a living, breathing, feeling individual at all.

If people saw the reality of what goes on in any slaughterhouse, halal or not, chances are they wouldn’t be so quick to proclaim that one method of slaughter was better than another. Whether by captive bolt or a knife to the throat, slaughter is slaughter, and the animals on the assembly line are still forced to endure the same fear and terror as they await their inevitable death.

Shoppers Should Know the Truth About the Food They Eat

For ultimate consumer transparency when it comes to the food we eat, a complete labeling overhaul is needed.

If each packet of meat, dairy and eggs were labelled with pictures of the actual animal or farm that they came from, with precise details of how old they were, the kind of lives that they lived, and how they were slaughtered, people would be able to make a truly informed decision on whether or not they still wanted to buy and consume it.

Instead, we’re surrounded by misleading labels with fake pictures of happy cows that effectively have nothing to do with the milk inside, free range egg boxes with photos of hens pecking about in green fields when the reality is that the hens that laid those eggs most likely never even saw the light of day, and meat from an assortment of animals packaged with no information whatsoever for consumers to base their purchase on.

If your meat was labelled truthfully, would you still feel so happy to eat it?

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624 comments

Carl R
Carl R21 days ago

Thanks!!!

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Marie B.
Marie B1 years ago

Yes, we know 'Frank H', because you're here in Care2 articles basically just about every day, that are VEGAN, vegetarian or people that want to greatly decrease their 'meat', we KNOW, 'Frank H'. Your "insecurities" and you're needing to claim that you're "an omnivore and you eat dead rotten animals" LITERALLY all the time, anyone who follows Care2 (vegans, vegetarians...ect) has had the misfortune of seeing your same, boring "I'm an omnivore" sh*t.
Hey, the amount of VEGANS, vegetarians and people who are choosing eating much, much less 'meat' is GROWING, and it will keep on growing! 😝

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Marie B.
Marie B1 years ago

Yes, we know 'Frank H', because you're here in Care2 articles basically just about every day, that are VEGAN, vegetarian or people that want to greatly decrease their 'meat', we KNOW, 'Frank H'. Your "insecurities" and you're needing to claim that you're "an omnivore and you eat dead rotten animals" LITERALLY all the time, anyone who follows Care2 (vegans, vegetarians...ect) has had the misfortune of seeing your same, boring "I'm an omnivore" sh*t.
Hey, the amount of VEGANS, vegetarians and people who are choosing eating much, much less 'meat' is GROWING, and it will keep on growing! 😝

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Frank Hanline
Frank Hanline1 years ago

@ Maureen K: Yup, I don't have to justify my diet of eating meat to you or anyone else

As to Ian T: Yes you do protest too much. I could careless what you think, if you ever could

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Maureen King
Maureen King1 years ago

Okay,to start. Not so sure why some people are soo concerned with Frank H and his opinion.He is entitled to have one.Sometimes people are trying to bait you (as a way of getting attention.) You don't have to justify your choices to anyone(Ian T and Marie B).Please get on with it,get over it and rise above it. Oh,I am happily vegan -have a family of vegans. Love to read comments and opinions.Prefer not to read people slagging off at each other.It detracts from the article and information.Thank you very much.Cheers.

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Maureen King
Maureen King1 years ago

Okay,to start. Not so sure why some people are soo concerned with Frank H and his opinion.He is entitled to have one.Sometimes people are trying to bait you (as a way of getting attention.) You don't have to justify your choices to anyone(Ian T and Marie B).Please get on with it,get over it and rise above it. Oh,I am happily vegan -have a family of vegans. Love to read comments and opinions.Prefer not to read people slagging off at each other.It detracts from the article and information.Thank you very much.Cheers.

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Mary B.
Mary B2 years ago

Marie..... you're about 4 months behind with your latest nasty post.....did you doze off?

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Marie B.
Marie B2 years ago

Hey, 'Frank H', most of us know that you couldn't be VEGAN, because it takes some good hard common sense and a conscience to become vegan, or "plant based" eater. You have neither of those. The fact that you spent so much time on this thread (because your soooo worried that EVERYONE is going to become a VEGAN) is funny! Face it, you are a coward and a very scared 'corpse' eater. It's true! 😝
btw, what are you doing on a site called "Care2" anyway? All you care about is killing animals, why don't you waist time on one of those hunting' (coward's) sites?

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for the article.

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Ian Thompson
Ian Thompson2 years ago

Frank, I protest too much????? Look back at the number of words you've written on this subject and compare it to the number I've written. Pot calling the kettle black? I speak out because it just might help reduce the amount of animal suffering in this world. I have a cause and sometimes its good to have a sense of purpose. I just don't understand what your cause is; you seem quite content with the status quo?

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