The protocols for humane slaughter affect meat quality in three major ways: taste, texture, and appearance. A stressed or frightened animal releases stress hormones that give meat a slight yet palpable unpleasant taste.

6. Food Quality - SausagesIn regard to meat texture, an ineffective application of electrocution with pigs can cause meat that is soft with mushy spots. Lastly, the appearance of meat can be affected when an improperly slaughtered animal feels pain and thrashes around, bruising themselves, causing meat to have unseemly red blotches (blood spots).

6. Food Quality - Eric and CarcassTo learn more about these issues, we suggest the following resources:

Belk, Keith E. John A. Scanga, Gary C. Smith, and Temple Grandin. “The Relationship Between Good Handling / Stunning and Meat Quality in Beef, Pork, and Lamb,” Animal Handling And Stunning Conference, American Meat Institute Foundation, February 21-22, 2002, link to article

Freund, Daily. “How Animal Welfare Leads to Better Meat: A Lesson from Spain,” The Atlantic, 25 August 2011, link to article