This quote from Temple Grandin represents most people’s view about using animals for food.
“I think using animals for food is an ethical thing to do, but we’ve got to do it right. We’ve got to give those animals a decent life, and we’ve got to give them a painless death. We owe the animal respect.”
Do you know that the law for humane slaughter of sheep has changed, and we now need to stun or shoot a sheep before bleeding them out? We can now only slaughter a sheep by cutting its throat without stunning first in an extreme emergency where no other equipment is available and the sheep is suffering too much to leave it alive.
The Code of Welfare for Sheep and Beef Cattle, Humane Slaughter Association and the Beef and Lamb websites have some great information: