You can call the 'knocking' or electrocution methods humane or not, but the animals aren't suffering for even a second and then they are drained of their blood, rendering the animal dead via brain apoxia. That's about the most efficient we can do with present technology, and we've had plenty of practice to refine.
The only more humane aspect i can see regarding a farm slaughter is that the animal is less stressed. But, if you've even worked at a vet's office, ASPCA or similar, you know that animals have a sixth sense. They detect the death somehow and know they are next. You can't stop that in the farm, either, but my guess is it would be less stressful than a long ride in a trailer, overcrowding, and the undetectable-to-humans smell of death the processing facility must exude.
Mat Catasrophe: Killing humanely is doing it quickly and precisely.
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