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When a chicken is slaughtered with a very sharp knife does it feel pain?

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11/01/2009

Chicken Pain

Chickens are electrocuted or the heads removed in the 'civil" world. We would think that anything would feel some pain if the brain is not shut down. Major trauma kills instantly, but your brain has to receive the message to die before it can die.

If a knife is sharp enough, the chicken won't feel it (just when you get a papercut, you notice it later after a few seconds.). These few seconds are crucial when it comes to pain.

Normally when you slaughter an animal, you slice his throat. When done with a sharp knife, the animal will not get oxygen to it's brains, and he will be incapacitated within 3-4 seconds. The cut consists of a swift, deep incision with a sharp knife on the neck, cutting the jugular veins and carotid arteries of both sides but leaving the spinal cord intact. Although he is not dead (it's heart still pumps), it can not feel anything.). It is very important not to cut the spinal cord, otherwise the animal will feel pain.

On second note: Jewish and Islamic beliefs state that the animal must not suffer and that is why they slice the throat. Then they hang the animal upside down so all blood can go out of the body. Basically when you sliced the throat, you let the heart do all the work by pumping the blood out. This is one of the main conditions of "Kosher" or "Halal" meat.


Conclusion: No it does not feel pain, unless the knife is not sharp enough and you cut the spinal cord. Only slice the throat (notice how you do not behead it, but a small slice in the throat will suffice.)