Animal Cruelty


Did you know that just like human beings, animals also experience stress in one way or another and usually because of different reasons? Scientists have conducted numerous types of research on the effect of pre-slaughter stress on animals. However, this has proved difficult over the years because the stress occurs on the subject, in this case, the animal. How then can we define animal stress? This is the animal’s behavior resulting from a situation or an environment that is not normal.

Come to think of it, it’s quite interesting to imagine how animals feel when they know they will be slaughtered. Do they understand death or not? If you are a keen observer or have worked with animals, you might have noticed that animals place themselves in situations that would cause their death. For this reason, they seem not to understand what death is, unlike you and me. Of course, they do have fears. One of the things animals fears the most is being slaughtered. I mean, who wouldn’t fear death. Apart from affecting the animal, slaughter stress has an impact on the meat quality. Dive in with me as we look at the effects of slaughter stress on meat quality and why you should evade consuming meat from an animal subjected to slaughter stress.

Paul McCartney once said, “if slaughterhouses had glass walls, then we would all be vegetarians“. There is a tragic truth behind that statement because arguably, our current veil of ignorance is what underpins our continuous meat-eating. What this article looks to do is pierce that veil of ignorance and uncover some of the harrowing truths behind the animal slaughter industry. It will explain what a slaughterhouse is and then give you 8 acts about animal slaughterhouses that might have you re-think your meat-eating preferences.

Did you know that an animal is abused every 60 seconds? Abuse is the treatment of something or someone improperly and unfairly to gain benefit. Like human beings, animals also face different forms of abuse. They might not talk or express their feelings, but they deserve to be treated with respect. Animal cruelty is composed of a variety of behaviours that are harmful to animals. Most animals slaughtered to produce meat are sweet and gentle. Research shows that in Asia, more than 90 million cows are slaughtered for the meat industry, and the same occurs worldwide.

Some forms of abuse faced by cattle include burning the young cows with hot irons as a form of branding, castration of the male cows, confining the cattle in filthy pens and depriving them of food and water before slaughter; the list is endless. Put yourself in the shoes of these innocent creatures – would you want to be treated this way? If only they could speak about their pain, desperation and fear. It’s upon you and me to be their voice. This needs to stop!

Walk with me through this article as we look at ways to eradicate animal abuse and bring it to a complete end. If you and me don’t take the initiative, then no one else will.

In a society that has been profiting from structures of oppression since its early days, with governments mastering the laws of manipulation, it should not be a surprise that the exploitation of animals became so normalized in western culture. In today’s article, we argue about how this injustice and inequality are deeply rooted in our humanity’s culture of oppression and domination. 

Here at NoRedMeat, our goal is to dismantle incorrect information, passing down content that is – hopeful – enlighting, and helpful. We argue that society can not, and will not, achieve ecological and social justice if we refuse to break free from old patterns that serve for nothing nowadays.