There's an interesting article
in the Forward
about Jews' efforts to raise and slaughter animals in a "humane" manner. It talks about the planned shechita demo at the upcoming Hazon Food Conference (see my August 23 post about this topic
), and there's a lot of fascinating discussion. The article includes a quote from yours truly:
Michael Croland, author of the blog HeebNVegan, has written about the goat slaughter extensively and told the Forward: “Clearly, the Jewish community is not just blindly accepting the public slaughter of a terrified animal. Slaughtering a goat in front of a gawking crowd is a textbook case of causing tzaar baalei chayim,” the Hebrew term for unnecessary animal suffering.
I'm at my parents' house for Thanksgiving, and my mom's reaction to the article was priceless: "If you're so concerned about what the animals go through emotionally, why should you slaughter them to begin with?"