To me it almost seems like a dumb question because we do raise our own meat animals and we're not violent at all. In fact it makes us value life more. We always make sure an animal goes as quickly and painlessly as possible and then we thank it for the life it gave us to sustain our own and honor it when we eat it.
But I've recently been seeing the violence argument a lot. One woman, at a community workshop, standing next to my husband, who does most of our slaughtering, made that bold statement and then followed it with "there are studies." Anyone who knows my husband knows it couldn't be further from the truth. Sure, he's a big bald guy with tattoos and piercings, but he's never been violent - he's what I would call a gentle giant. It really bothered him that someone would accuse him of that.
But he's not the only one that's had that statement directed at them. I've even been called barbaric by other meat eaters because I want to know the animal on a personal level before I eat it. I've also heard the "there are studies" line multiple times. I have yet to see these studies they talk about though.
So I ask you, have you heard this argument before and what are your thoughts on it?