Beef production line....😔
Repost of our original, to shed some light on "beef production" in response to Beef Week 2018 commencing 6th May
Forgetting non-stun processes for a moment, most know that the majority of slaughterhouses in Australia use "stunning" (the rendering of the animal insensible). In fact, this is the basis upon which slaughter of animals is heralded as "humane". But do you know what the failure rate of stunning is?
Field study estimates of efficacy of bolt gun stunning for cows vary from 2% to 0.1% failure (including those found by a revered consultant to the Meat and Livestock industry, Dr Temple Grandin). That sounds pretty good right! Statistics are very good for whitewashing horrific truths and for drowning out the suffering of individuals.
And the truth here is that even if every slaughterhouse employed stunning, at the LOWEST estimate, 20 adult cows and 2 bobby calves will not be successfully rendered unconscious and unable to feel prior to slaughter, they will feel their throat slit open, in Australia, every day.
But it gets worse, take a closer look at the typical process in Australia, pictured below. A cow can take up to 5 minutes to bleed out sufficiently to lose consciousness.
If not stunned, they can be aware, for up to 5 minutes.
By 5 minutes, the skin has been sliced off their hind legs.
By 5 minutes, someone has cut off their horns.
By 5 minutes, someone has dismembered them; their front legs, their genitals, their udders.
By 5 minutes, a slow, mechanical machine called a hide puller, slowly peels the rest of the skin off their body while someone hacks away at any part of it giving resistance.
5 minutes of absolute hell. Even one animal forced to endure this is one too many.
Don't let statistics fool you, nothing humane happens in a slaughterhouse.
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