- A four-inch bolt to be shot into my brain and then my throat cut
- Just my throat cut
The slaughterhouse process differs by species and region and may be controlled by civil law as well as religious laws such as Kosher and Halal laws. A typical U.S. procedure follows:
- Cattle (mostly steers and heifers, some cows, and even fewer bulls) arrive via truck or rail from a ranch, farm, or feedlot.
- Place animals in holding pens.
- Incapacitate them by applying an electric shock of 300 volts and 2 amps to the back of the head, effectively stunning them, or by use of a captive bolt pistol to the front of the cow's head (a pneumatic or cartridge-fired captive bolt). Swine can be rendered unconscious by CO2/inert gas stunning. (This step is prohibited under strict application of Halal and Kashrut codes.)
- Hang them upside down by both of their hind legs and place them on the processing line.
- Sever the carotid artery and jugular vein with a knife. The blood drains from the body, causing death through exsanguination.
- Remove the head and feet.
Female ritual suicide known as Jigai was practiced by the wives of samurai who have committed seppuku or brought dishonor.
Some females belonging to samurai families committed suicide by cutting the arteries of the neck with one stroke, using a knife such as a tantō or kaiken. The main purpose was to achieve a quick and certain death in order to avoid capture. Women were carefully taught jigaki as children. Before committing suicide, a woman would often tie her knees together so her body would be found in a dignified pose, despite the convulsions of death.
"I was cut off from hope in that sad place, 
Which yet to name my spirit loathes and fears: 
My father held his hand upon his face;
I, blinded with my tears,
"Still strove to speak: my voice was thick with sighs
As in a dream. Dimly I could descry
The stern black-bearded kings with wolfish eyes,
Waiting to see me die.
"The high masts flicker'd as they lay afloat;
The crowds, the temples, waver'd, and the shore;
The bright death quiver'd at the victim's throat;
Touch'd; and I knew no more." 
Those choosing to be stunned should bear in mind that it does not always work:
10 November 14:59
"Bolt/stun guns don't always work - the worst thing I've ever seen as far as animal suffering is concerned was a bullock shot with a bolt gun which for some reason didn't work right - this poor beast is howling and kicking and shaking the whole cage, truely sickening, grown men in tears, nasty."
If the Koran said stun the animals and then cut their throats, can you imagine the Islamophobes saying this should be banned because both stunning and throat-cutting is unusual and unnecessary cruelty? I can.
The ideal form of halal slaughter I propose: the animal proceeds through a passage towards a pleasant and clean room facing Mecca. A kindly slaughter man greets it and says the usual prayer, its throat is cut and it dies quickly.