A lot of my friends tell me that in Islam-dominated countries meat is not slaughtered the same, and it is done using "halal" methods which basically means the animal is killed right away and dies a "painless death."
I think this argument is utterly ridiculous.
For one thing, one cannot be 100% sure that the "correct methods" are always being used. In fact, I just finished watching some videos which prove otherwise.
Secondly, there is obviously some form of torture involved with getting the animal to the right place... I mean it doesn't just decide to wander into a slaughterhouse and think, "why not put my head in this nook and wait for a bit..."
Some people even believe that the meat is healthy if it has been slaughtered this way, and unhealthy if not. And I've had a friend say to me he doesn't eat pig because pig is "filthy" and "disgusting"... and that cow you're eating is not???
People leave me feeling very puzzled sometimes... if not causing an animal pain is SOOOOOOOOOOO freaking important to you, than WHY THE HECK TO YOU KILL IT IN THE FIRST PLACE?!?!?!?
halal-labelled meat products, despite peoples' intentions, is ultimately just another way to make a profit.
It's no different from people saying they only buy "free range chickens" or "local organic grass-fed beef". There's this nice idea behind it, and then there's the reality.