It’s not really humane then, is it?

More and more products appear on supermarket shelves with ‘humanely slaughtered’ or ‘[insert animal rights association label] approved’ – from food to clothing.

Marketers urging shoppers to buy products from companies who care about animals {insert photos of loved up lambs being cuddled by cherubic children, hens roaming freely in vast fields of green, calves of both sexes suckling gently from cows}.

A quick search of the words humane and slaughter in any dictionary {and I checked quite a few} will give you similar results. ‘Humane slaughter’ is an oxymoron if ever there was one. Those below are from

[hyoo-meyn or, often, yoo-]


  1. characterized by tenderness, compassion, and sympathy for people and animals, especially for the suffering or distressed:
    humane treatment of prisoners.
  2. acting in a manner that causes the least harm to people or animals:
    humane trapping of stray pets.
  3. of or relating to humanistic studies.



  1. the killing or butchering of cattle, sheep, etc., especially for food.
  2. the brutal or violent killing of a person.
  3. the killing of great numbers of people or animals indiscriminately; carnage:
    the slaughter of war.

 verb (used with object)

  1. to kill or butcher (animals), especially for food.
  2. to kill in a brutal or violent manner.
  3. to slay in great numbers; massacre.
  4. to defeat thoroughly; trounce:
    They slaughtered our team.


So slaughter is not really, is it? Humane, I mean.


Even if you can’t watch the footage, the words should tell you all you need to know.

Hi, I’m Stanley. Rescued to live happily ever after at Where Pigs Fly Sanctuary.

One Comment Add yours

  1. dogdaz says:

    There is no humane slaughter, it absolutely is an oxymoron. I find that people try to rationalize cruelty and call it lots of things. There are less painful ways to murder someone, I guess. 😦

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