This study examined the reactions of college students involved in slaughtering cattle and hogs as part of their jobs on a college work crew. The 27 students were surveyed on attitudes containing items toward slaughtering animals and toward different uses of animals. Nineteen were later interviewed. Some aspects of slaughtering were reported to be more bothersome than others. There was a relationship between the amount of experience of the subjects in slaughtering and also their general attitudes toward various uses of animals and their responses to several of the items on the questionnaire. The perceived benefits of the slaughtering experience and the justifications given for the killing of domestic animals for food are also discussed.
Herzog Jr., H.A., & McGee, S. (1983). Psychological aspects of slaughter: Reactions of college students to killing and butchering cattle and hogs. International Journal for the Study of Animal Problems, 4(2), 124-132.