Pigs Slaughter And The Slaughter Of All Livestock

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Hog slaughter and the slaughter of all livestock has been a controversial topic over the last few years. With many organizations out there against animal agriculture such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) there has been a constant push to find the most humane act of livestock harvest as possible while still maintaining excellent meat quality. Currently, there are four acceptable methods: chemical (Carbon Dioxide – CO2), mechanical (captive bolt), mechanical (gunshot), and electrical (electrical current). Currently, all four methods are approved for the slaughter of swine. None, however, are ideal and all have advantages and disadvantages in pork quality effects which leaves it up for discussion of which is the best system to use. According to the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act of 1978, no method of slaughtering or handling in connection with slaughtering shall be deemed to comply with the public policy of the United States unless it is humane. Either of the following two methods of slaughtering and handling are hereby found to be humane: (a) in the case of cattle, calves, horses, mules, sheep, swine, and other livestock, all animals are rendered insensible to pain by a single blow or gunshot or an electrical, chemical or other means that is rapid and effective, before being shackled, hoisted, thrown, cast, or cut; or (b) by slaughtering in accordance with the ritual requirements of the Jewish
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