Is respectfully and kindly raising non-sentient animals for a humane slaughter wrong?
I'm not sure.
Mother nature has a sadistic streak: When animals die in the wild, their lives and deaths are often full of pain and suffering.
If that is the norm for wild animals, how would a flock of barnyard chickens that are fed daily and slaughtered quickly and with less sufffering than their wild counterparts wrong? What about hunting, where a skilled hunter often shoots a clean kill? Is it wrong for a human to kill a deer, but right for a pack of wolves to hamstring a deer, bring it down, and then kill it by ripping it apart?
But another part of me believes that since we are human beings, we are better than mother nature and we don't have to participate in her sick games. We should hold ourselves to a higher standard.
I do know this much: As a personal choice, I'm avoiding meat, eggs, dairy and other animal products.
[Hey, didn't we have an :unsure: smilie somewhere?]