Many vegans and animal activists know that in order for beef, pork, and poultry products to be made, animals on dairy and factory farms go through severe, hellish, and often sadistic torture. Animal Rights organizations, such as Mercy for Animals and PETA (People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals) tell you to go vegan so that you’re supporting your compassion for animal abuse. But then there’s so called “humanely raised” or “grass fed” meat, which means that farmers raise their animals from birth until slaughter and that they raise them in healthier environments. Farmers would never raise humanely raised animals in cages or feed them hormones that make them grow to unnatural sizes. Nor do these animals have to die a slow and painful death in a slaughterhouse. Instead, when humanely raised livestock is killed, the animals are killed really fast by having their throats slit. Most vegans consider even this to be a type of animal cruelty and they say that there is “no such thing as humane meat”.
There’s also people that prefer conventionally raised meat, or meat that comes from abused animals, rather. This is the type of meat you eat at restaurants such as McDonalds, Jack in the Box, and Burger King. While non-animal activists who may prefer humane meat over conventional are against animals mistreatment, they may also like to treat themselves to dinner at a barbeque place that doesn’t have humanely raised meat. A vegan person would say that person was supporting animal cruelty by eating conventionally raised barbeque pork ribs, but I don’t necessarily believe that you are supporting the cruelty of animals just by eating conventionally raised meat every once in a while. I also don’t think that people who eat McDonald’s are really supporting animal cruelty when they bite into those chicken McNuggets, but I think it’s mainly just the cruelty and abuse of the animal that has been killed that people are against.