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I mean actual laws for industrial farms applicable to killing animals.

  • I would vote to close this as too broad. – feetwet Sep 22 '16 at 23:57
  • I think this can be dealt with piecemeal: US, EU, and ignore anything in Europe that is not in the EU. The US part is reasonably manageable, I think. – user6726 Sep 23 '16 at 1:13
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7 USC 1902 allows one of two slaughter methods:

(a) in the case of cattle, calves, horses, mules, sheep, swine, and other livestock, all animals are rendered insensible to pain by a single blow or gunshot or an electrical, chemical or other means that is rapid and effective, before being shackled, hoisted, thrown, cast, or cut; or

(b) by slaughtering in accordance with the ritual requirements of the Jewish faith or any other religious faith that prescribes a method of slaughter whereby the animal suffers loss of consciousness by anemia of the brain caused by the simultaneous and instantaneous severance of the carotid arteries with a sharp instrument and handling in connection with such slaughtering.

Individual states typically have versions of this law (so that it's not necessary to make a federal case out of a violation), for example in Washington we have RCW 61.50 which requires using a humane method, defined as:

(a) A method whereby the animal is rendered insensible to pain by mechanical, electrical, chemical, or other means that is rapid and effective, before being shackled, hoisted, thrown, cast, or cut; or

(b) a method in accordance with the ritual requirements of any religious faith whereby the animal suffers loss of consciousness by anemia of the brain caused by the simultaneous and instantaneous severance of the carotid arteries with a sharp instrument.

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