Whether your "beef" is "grass-fed", "pasture-raised", "organic", raised on a "family" farm,"veal", or a "used-up"" cow, slaughter is slaughter. Please explain to me how to "humanely" slaughter a sentient being with an inherent will to live. Did you know ALL farmed animals MUST be bleed out, by the neck, while their heart is still beating? Stunning animals, which is only affective about 2/3 of the time, ONLY immobilises them, they are still alive and conscious and feel EVERYTHING.
The natural life of a cow around 20-25 years. The unfortunate life of a cow is about 5.5 years of torture, as they MUST be FORCEFULLY, artificially impregnated in order to produce milk. The gestation period for a cow is the same as a human., So she will endure rape, pregnancy, birth, separation from her calf, and excruciating milking, on a concrete floor, unable to turn around, 5 times before she is killed for no longer being "useful". Obviously there is no natural mating in animal agriculture, so how so you think they get the semen from the bull? A prostate stimulator is forced into the anus of a breeding bull, who must endure this torture for 3 years before he is killed for no longer being "useful"
The industry has no use for male calves. Female calves will endure the same horrible fate as their mothers, but if the calf is born male, he will be shoved into a veal crate, purposely malnourished to the point of anemia, and killed after 8 months of this torture because he is not "useful" to . "" cattle are killed between 18 and 24 months of age and are "fattened" beyond obesity. The human equivalent would be a severely obese adolescent. These animals are killed because they are only "useful" for "food". These deplorable industries are responsible for the torture and death of AT least 300 MILLION of these beautiful, intelligent, complex creatures. That is more than 9 cows killed every second, 24/7 365.
Absence of cruelty does not exist in animal exploitation of any kind.
I hate this world more each day. For an antiquated and barbaric system these beautiful sentient beings suffer.. Wake up people!