Slaughter | Viva! - The Vegan Charity


There's no such thing as 'humane slaughter'!

This is the reality of the beef and dairy industries. Whether factory farmed, zero-grazed, ‘free range’ or organic, when cows reach the slaughterhouse their fate is the same. Taking the life of an animal who does not want to die is a profoundly terrible act. You can end this by choosing vegan.

More than a billion farmed animals in Britain are killed each year in slaughterhouses. In 2016, there were 278 licensed slaughterhouses in Britain. Government statistics reveal that over 10 million pigs are killed each year, almost 50 million boiling fowl (including so-called 'spent' hens), and one billion broiler chickens. Other animals killed for human consumption include turkeys, ducks, fish, cows and goats. The majority of animals killed in slaughterhouses across Britain are young. In fact many are just babies. Piglets are just six months old when they are sent to their deaths and ‘meat’ chickens six weeks. Male dairy calves are shot on-farm at just one or two days old. Every person who chooses to eat meat, eggs or dairy are complicit in the deaths of thousands of baby animals in their lifetime.

Not only the young go to slaughter, but also the unborn and the pregnant. Viva! has previously reported on the killing of 150,000 pregnant cows a year and, in 2017, an investigation in Scotland found that animals were still being slaughtered whilst heavily ­pregnant.

Many consumers like to imagine the killing process to be a sanitised, humane affair. Yet death at the slaughterhouse is invariably brutal and violent. A high throughput poultry abattoir can kill 9,000 animals an hour, and each of these animals will have felt shock, pain, and fear beforehand. Animals suffer at markets, during handling, transport, pre-slaughter penning (lairage), and in their final moments.

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