Many people believe that Kosher slaughter is painless, quick and merciful. In reality, animals who undergo a Kosher slaughter suffer immensely and are subjected to extreme violence. All this while being fully conscious and aware, as required in a Kosher slaughter.

In order to determine if something is merciful and painless, we should ask ourselves if we would like it done to ourselves and our loved ones? After watching this video of an Israeli Kosher slaughterhouse which is supervised by the stringent religious authority, it's clear the answer is no. The footage was captured recently by the organization Animals Now.

The slaughter process may be quicker, in some cases. Having said that, should we be looking for the "best way" to perform the most violent of acts? Especially when it's so easy nowadays to simply not eat meat?

Some religious scholars argue that Judaism places a lot of restrictions regarding the slaughter animals, not because slaughtering animals can be painless and merciful, but because of the exact opposite. Since slaughtering animals is always violent and painful, Judaism decided to step in and heavily regulate this practice to make it less horrible.

However, when we take an honest look at this process of slaughtering animals, it's clear that even when the most strict religious restrictions are kept, the slaughter in itself is an act of extreme torture.

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