The illogic of calling any meat humane is something I’ve discussed many times with many people. Unsurprisingly, I’ve mostly discussed this with other vegans, especially people who run sanctuaries.
I can’t imagine what it would be like to run a sanctuary, saving animals, and to face the trend of “humane certified” meat. Hypocracy certified, perhaps, but humane it is not, no matter who is certifying it. Slaughter is not humane. As someone on the VeganFreak Forums has said, the slaughterers could sing lulabies to the animals on their way to slaughter, and that still wouldn’t make it humane.
Here is one pig butcher’s announcement of their humanity:
They give them food (duh, how else do they fatten them up for slaughter), shelter, “sufficient space” and the “ability to engage in natural behaviors.” Clever. Crowded into barns, it really is natural behavior to bite each other, so they’re not lying. Beaten and scared on their way to slaughter, it really is natural for the pigs to scream in terror. The scream, by the way, is the pigs best defense against the few predators they have – hopefully startling their attacker into letting them go. This doesn’t work on humans, of course.
This “humane” farm also adds a no-antibiotics claim in their humanity. I’m sure the pigs are grateful. As are the lambs. Let’s see, what else is on their menu, and on their grill? They sold out of the chickens who laid the eggs you see humanely displayed on the table, and whose pictures are displayed next to those eggs.
I received a “Victory!” alert from PeTA today regarding BK’s announcement of their “humane” standards. No, BK is not going to stop selling animal corpses, or even try to reduce the amount they sell. They’re going to adopt “humane standards” for their suppliers to try to increase their sales. I’m not exactly breaking out the champagne. Better luck next time PeTA. I know you’ve worked hard for 7 years to accomplish this, but I apparently am too cynical to trust the claims of the animal abusers that the chickens and pigs are happy and singing their praises as they move down the assembly lines to be dismembered.
I’d so much rather see the pigs alive and munching on pumpkins. I’d much rather see the chickens giving themselves dust baths. It turns my stomach that anyone is so lacking in ethics and in humanity that they can call the slaughter of another being for food “humane.” No wonder attrocities like Abu Ghraib can happen.