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Boiled Alive Skinned Alive

Everyone knows about lobsters and crabs being boiled alive, but they are not the only animals that suffer this fate. People are also gaining awareness about China often skinning animals, such as cats, alive. But, did you know we often plunge live pigs into boiling water, chickens too, and rabbits are often skinned alive in our own country?


In the United States humane slaughter laws do not cover poultry, such as chickens or turkeys, nor do these laws extend to fish, or even rabbits. As such these animals often suffer clearly out of our own failure to provide them with the same laws we extend to cattle, horses, and lambs.

You might then wonder how animals such as cattle, and lambs, are slaughtered.

The main method (although there are others) of slaughtering these animals is by first giving them a stunning bolt to their head (often termed a rubber bullet). As long as they are unconscious enough that they cannot stand on their own – they are considered ready for the next step, which is to be hoisted in the air by one, or both, hind legs. As this point their throat is slashed, and they bleed to death. Only then are they skinned and so forth.

Pigs may be dunked, following stunning, into boiling water, to remove their hairs, prior to having their throat cut (afterwards would cause water to enter the body cavity). There have been all sorts of stories about pigs “waking up” during this painful procedure.

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Turkeys – do they not deserve a humane slaughter?  Photo by Cyndy Sims Parr (I have a bad feeling about this) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Alas the poor chickens (and other birds) have no laws (at least not in the USA) regarding humane slaughter, some are gassed, and many are treated very cruelty prior to their death – day old male chicks tossed onto a conveyor belt and fed into a grinder. In fact the chicken is one of the most cruelly kept and cared for animals in our food chain. Chickens are also the most slaughtered animal of all (indeed one dead chicken feeds far fewer people than one dead cow). With no humane slaughter laws to protect them, birds are often carried upside down – while conscious, tossed around, and treated with no regard to the fact they are living animals, capable of feeling pain and suffering.

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  1. papaleng

    On December 8, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Pity those animals, but curse on those whose doing these cruel practice. I have seen lots of cats being boiled for its meat. another interesting read, Brenda.

  2. Larry Fish

    On December 8, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Such a sad story, it brings tears to your eyes. Our country can pass laws that are totally stupid but can\’t protect humane treatment for animals.

  3. Anuradha Ramkumar

    On December 8, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Oh poor animals. I really pity those animals. How nice it will be if everybody turns veggie?

  4. crisdiwata

    On December 8, 2010 at 12:26 am

    That’s really cruel. Here, there is a province where people slaughter chicken little by little. They would hit all parts of the chicken with a stick little by little under the heat of the sun while the poor animal is still alive so they call the process as “killing me softly”. When the chicken is already dying they would then thrust it to open fire so they can remove its feathers. Too cruel for an animal who gives its life for humans to survive.

  5. Suni51

    On December 8, 2010 at 12:31 am

    That\’s why I Have gone vegetarian. Great information. Nice share, thanks.

  6. Jimmy Shilaho

    On December 8, 2010 at 12:33 am

    The word humane comes from human and that is why non human animals do not often get humane treatment for men are animals first and humans second.

  7. albert1jemi

    On December 8, 2010 at 12:53 am

    great share

  8. Souldose

    On December 8, 2010 at 3:17 am

    My God this is cruelty at its best, animals have feelings too.

  9. clandestinef

    On December 8, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Great work. Interesting to read. Cheers!!!

  10. writing4angels

    On December 8, 2010 at 4:20 am

    This is new to me. I hope organization and even citizens should take front in saving these animals in getting slaughtered like this.

  11. bala99

    On December 8, 2010 at 4:39 am

    Shocking, absolutely!

  12. dino renaldo

    On December 8, 2010 at 5:18 am

    nice share..thanks

  13. BruceW

    On December 8, 2010 at 5:32 am

    If I understand correctly, for cattle at least, a solid bolt into the brain used to be used to kill outright but that was stopped for fear of spreading diseased brain tissue should the beast have mad cow disease. Still, it seems a step backwards not to kill outright first and there surely must be a better way.

  14. lowellpendon

    On December 8, 2010 at 5:37 am

    Is there any other way to do them?

  15. webseowriters

    On December 8, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Very well, my dear

  16. PSingh1990

    On December 8, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Nice Share.


  17. Love Nancy

    On December 8, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Good Write..!!! Thanks.

  18. N. Sun

    On December 8, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Very sad. I never knew about that…

  19. Mark Gordon Brown

    On December 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Great truth, difficult to read. I sure wish they wouldnt break up two pages like this, but appreciate your efforts to share this information in your efforts to try to make a difference.

  20. PR Mace

    On December 8, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    What I don’t understand is why we don’t have laws to stop this. Thank you for this article.

  21. Literary Princess

    On December 8, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    I never knew, and finding out by reading this article made my stomach turn.

  22. Brenda Nelson

    On December 9, 2010 at 1:13 am

    To Readers – this is a TWO PAGE article, the second page has more information and you can see that in Europe there are more humane slaughter methods in use because laws inforce it. It is simply because the USA has not passed such laws that cruelty is allowed to continue.
    The simply thing, is to eat less chicken, or none at all. It is not enough to sit there and say “this is nasty” then continue to buy poultry you know has suffered in ways we would never allow for other animals.

  23. richardpeeej

    On December 9, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    this is very cruel isn’t it…I am not a vegetarian but this seems like cruelty to me,,,

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