February 11th 2012
ANIMALS suffer enormously in all slaughterhouses. Although most people think that stunning ensures a pain-free death there is evidence that electric stunning is painful.
Electrical current is widely used to torture people in some parts of the world and victims say the higher the voltage the greater the pain. Animals stunned this way may remain aware but unable to move or cry out because they are paralysed.
Nor does a captive bolt guarantee a pain-free death. If the gun is not correctly positioned, as is often the case when cattle are terrified, the animal may need to be shot twice.
Some animals regain consciousness.
The halal method of cutting the throat of a fully conscious animal is obviously painful too. Clearly the only way we can avoid causing suffering to animals is to stop killing and eating them.
Jenny Moxham, Monbulk, Vic