One of the points when farm animals are at their most vulnerable is at slaughter. While we believe that slaughter can be carried out without causing excessive pain and suffering, there is also potential for unimaginable levels of suffering at this time.
Compassion’s investigations into slaughter reveal the treatment animals can face just prior to and at the time of death. We’ve found evidence of violent and careless handling, painful restraint, ineffective slaughter methods and animals spending those last moments of their lives in fear and agony.
Usually, our Investigation Unit uncovers poor slaughter practice as part of wider investigations into factory farming systems. In some cases the abuses we find make it essential to release the investigations as evidence in their own right.