We hear it all the time.
“I only buy ethically sourced meat” or “I only support food from animals where they’ve been killed humanely.”
We used to think this way before we became vegan. We didn’t like the idea of killing animals for our consumption so we wanted to at least ensure it was done with some compassion.
As vegan’s we’ve never investigated how farmed animals are typically killed. It’s not exactly an exciting topic. It’s quite the opposite.
But we felt it was important to understand the killing cycle to see if there is a way to kill animals humanely. We explore how things are done in conventional methods and also traditionally when killing the animal.
In this conversation, we share our findings as well as our opinions on animal slaughter as it relates to culture. We also break down how we used to buy meat before becoming vegan and what we thought was the right thing to do.
“How can you show compassion or benevolence to any sentient and slaughter them when they have a desire to live?”
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Things mentioned in this episode
- Manual for the slaughter of small ruminants in developing countries
- It’s Just One Bad Day
- Never Let Me Go Movie Trailer
I sincerely enjoy your podcast and everything you’re both doing! Just listened to the “humane meat” episode and wanted to offer a comment/suggestion on terminology. As a vegan myself, I often accidentally (through conditioning) use the word “it” to refer to an animal. I noticed you both did this as well. Don’t mean to sound like a grammar nazi but I think as vegans using other pronouns like he,she,they when referring to animals gives them more dignity and is a small gesture to heighten the status of animals as beings worthy of moral consideration. “It” just has a tone that is similar to “something,” rather than “someone.”
Hi Joe, we’re so glad you’re enjoying the podcast! You know, we hadn’t thought of the impact of a subtle change in our terminology. We agree with your feedback and will keep it in mind when referring to animals in the future. Anything to give more significance to the lives of animals will help. Thanks for taking the time to write to us 🙂