Gary Francione uses
CAS as an example of animal-welfare organizations' getting the animal-agriculture industry to agree to reforms that it would have implemented anyway. Here's one of the industry sources that he quotes:
The installation of gas stunning markedly reduced downgrades due to hemorrhages and bone fractures and improved fillet color and texture compared to previous stunning with an AC water-bath unit. As in EU plants, MBA Poultry can justify gas stunning based on the contribution from incremental revenue, which more than offsets the additional capital and operating costs incurred.
—“Future of Gas Stunning,” Watt Poultry USA, April 2005
I'm not sure how much weight we should give his argument. He doesn't distinguish between CAS and CAK, and he does come across as an ideologue. Even if he's right, PETA's campaign might raise awareness of the suffering of factory-farmed animals, and by extension, concern for animals in general. ("There's no such thing as bad publicity.")
Gedusa wrote:Random point: How distinct is this from controlled atmosphere stunning?
Here's an explanation
Before the chickens are removed from their transport crates, the entire crate is placed into a machine where the oxygen is replaced by a gas such as carbon dioxide, which causes the birds to lose consciousness. The stunned chickens are then removed from the crates, hung upside down on shackles, and then slaughtered by having their throats slit.…Controlled atmosphere stunning differs from controlled atmosphere killing, a popular slaughter method in the UK, in that the birds are still alive when they are removed from the transport cages.
Both seem to be better than other methods.
Gedusa wrote:KFC (biased, yes) says that: “Based on our scientific experts and existing evidence, we are not aware of any science-based conclusive evidence that the distress of chickens, turkeys or other species experience in existing electric stunning methods is greater or less than that with gas anesthesia induction. Any claim that CAS is more humane is simply not founded on current science and should not be forced on the industry at this time.”
Interestingly, KFC Canada has agreed to buy only chickens that have been CAS'd.
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