And you forgot the captive bolt comment of mine, maybe, because you dont see anything wrong with animals being killed for humans?
I simply forgot to remark on it, though I don't feel compelled to rebuke every single one of your responses at this point. To answer your question, I think the captive bolt (and properly executed slaughter) is one of the least
cruel things in the livestock industry, with regards to actual physical suffering. If done correctly, it is quite a quick process.
That's the party I don't get and was confused by when Kellye recommended putting down homeless dogs.
Where did I recommend putting down homeless dogs (except maybe hypothetically in the abolitionist companion animal thread)? I do think euthanasia is a lot more humane than starvation on the streets or being ran over by a truck, however. It also helps with pet overpopulation to destroy an active breeder.
I have participated in helping euthanize dozens of animals, I am not saddened so much by the act itself as I am by what it represents.
Why be a vegetarian if you don't mind animals being killed for humans? Why not buy "free-range meat"? Is it just for nonmoral reasons like health or the environment?
I am not persistent enough to pursue humanely raised meat that is raised to my ethical standards - basically, in order for me to ensure that a food animal was raised to my standards of humane treatment, I'd have to raise it myself. Then I'd run into the conundrum of being emotionally attached to said livestock and being unable to slaughter it (or order it slaughtered). I doubt very highly I would have the nerve to kill something I'd raised from a calf, or whatever - it would smack of infanticide to me, and I would feel like I was violating the animal's trust.
Therefore, I've taken the route of least resistance and choose to not eat them at all. If I ever have cattle, they will be farm rescues (pets for life).