Clearly as far as kosher is concerned our meat qualifies for consumption. Recently I have been wondering (and speaking with people to evaluate) if the fact that animals are routinely mistreated in the process of food preparation taints the food from other perspectives such as tzaar balei chayim and perhaps even mitzvah habaah b’avaeira if an intentional part of the preparation process caused undue pain to the animal.
I’m trying to figure out if there is a halachic basis on which to question whether a product can be eaten if there is knowledge that intentional mistreatment took place for the convenience of preparation, or to save financially
That’s an interesting point.
I do however think that it is not a problem at all to eat, because if the animal was mistreated, the person who mistreated the animal did the sin and HE gets tainted, the perpetrator, not the victim. If someone hits another person, the hit person doesn’t become tainted, if anything we see that H-shem seeks the oppressed, (Elokim mevakesh es hanirdaf). They don’t become tainted, they become uplifted.