I'm still learning...
I'm not here to preach and even though I have gone vegetarian I still want to know where food comes from and how it gets to where it's going...
Controlled atmosphere killing (CAK) or controlled atmosphere stunning (CAS) is a method for slaughtering animals such as chickens by placing the animals in a container in which the atmosphere lacks oxygen and consists of an asphyxiant gas (one or more of argon, nitrogen or carbon dioxide), causing the animals to lose consciousness. Argon and nitrogen are important components of a gassing process which seem to cause no pain, and for this reason many consider it more humane than other methods of killing.
Controlled atmosphere stunning has been used both within processing plants and on-farm for euthanizing poultry. Anoxia in broiler chickens generated through argon or a mixture of argon and carbon dioxide or hypercapnic hypoxia seems can be used under commercial conditions. Meat tenderness and drip losses improve. The blood spots, especially those on the thighs and breasts caused by electrical stunning and hanging, disappear altogether.
Portable units are available for the on-farm slaughter of livestock. One portable unit type that costs US$2,500 can be pushed down the aisles of a barn, with 200–250 chickens per load being placed inside a CO2 enriched chamber. Chickens are unconscious within 30 seconds of being in the chamber.
Similar types of unit using nitrogen and/or argon are available for euthanasia of laboratory rodents such as Guinea pigs, although this method is considered ineffective in young or neonates.
Studies show that diving animals such as mink, and burrowing animals such as rodents and rats are sensitive to low-oxygen atmospheres and (unlike humans) will avoid them. For this reason, the use of inert gas hypoxic atmospheres for euthanasia is very species-specific.
The Case for Controlled-Atmosphere Killing
PETA PUSHES U.S. FAST-FOOD, GROCERY, AND POULTRY INDUSTRIES TO ADOPT LESS CRUEL, MORE PROFITABLE METHOD OF CHICKEN AND TURKEY SLAUGHTER
You may find the following video disturbing... This is what's really happening to millions of chickens and CAK is a walk in the park compared to other methods. I still won't be eating ANY chicken... EVER!
It's hard to watch and believe... If you don't see you won't know.
Is ignorance bliss?
Video source PETA
How Different Animals Live
We are all living breathing feeling creatures. We ALL have rights! We need to speak for ALL of those that can't!
Look for the Bunny when buying products! If you don't see the Bunny DON'T spend the money!
There are so many better alternatives!