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Animals, Volume 10, Issue 5 (May 2020) – 169 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The slaughter of farmed animals is an important topic of focus for welfare. Though most works look [...] Read more. The slaughter of farmed animals is an important topic of focus for welfare. Though most works look at how to reduce the pain and suffering experienced during slaughter, we argue that to be humane, slaughter must not create any kind of harm to the animal. As death itself is harmful to welfare—due to depriving the animal of future positive experiences—slaughter can never be truly humane. Furthermore, the order in which an animal experiences positive and negative events has an impact on welfare, and since slaughter places suffering at the end of life, it is even more harmful. Although these considerations mean that no slaughter can ever be completely humane, it is still important to continue research to improve practices so that as long as it continues, harms to welfare are minimized as much as possible. View this paper