When dealing with the slaughter of cattle to supply me with the ingredients of my dinner, the principles of low stress restraint are:
This would be a cool amusement park ride for people, too, if not for...you know...the death by pneumatic bolt gun and ginormous razor-sharp blade at the end of the ride.
- Solid sides or barriers around the cattle to prevent them from seeing people deep inside their flight zone. This is especially important for wild or excitable cattle.
- To prevent lunging at the headgate, the bovine's view of an escape pathway must be blocked until it is fully restrained. This principle does not apply to pigs.
- Provide non-slip flooring for all species of animals.
- Slow steady motion of a restraint device is calming, while sudden jerky motion excites. Applies to all species.
- Use the concept of optimal pressure. Sufficient pressure must be applied to provide the feeling of restraint, but excessive pressure that causes pain or discomfort must be avoided. This principle applies to all species.
- The entrance of the restraint device must be well lighted. All species must be able to see a place to go.
- Livestock will remain calmer if they can see other animals close to them.
- Engineer equipment to minimize noise. High pitched noise is more disturbing to livestock than a low pitched rumble from a conveyor.
- Restraint devices must be designed to avoid uncomfortable pressure points on the animal's body.
- Restrain livestock in an upright position.
I don't like vegetarians. What is the point of eating only plants? You want to eat rabbit food? Fine. But there is a reason why things that eat only plants get attacked by things that eat only meat. That's because they are tasty. Mountain lions are not tasty, but the bunnies they eat sure are. Eating only plants isn't really all that healthy for you. People that eat massive amounts of tofu get sick from lack of vitamins and get goiter. Pirates knew this, which is why on long ocean voyages they packed extra crates of baby lambs to keep from getting scurvy.
I like to eat animals that are smart enough to know they are getting gacked. People say that negative chemicals flood the body of a scared animal and that is bad, but it is okay with me. Adrenalin is what I call "Nature's Tenderizer."
I knew a girl who would "never eat anything with a face." I don't eat anything with a face either, since the features get cut off and thrown away long before I see it on my plate.