Adam Danforth has written two wonderful books on how to humanely slaughter and butcher animals for meat. There are two volumes, one on smaller animals: Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat, Pork, and one on Beef. If cooking and eating meat is one of your passions you should get these books, preferably in hard cover. Thanks to Bryan Voltaggio for pointing us in the right direction. And if you happen to be in Baltimore, swing by Spike Gjerde's Parts and Labor, he has copies of the books for sale there too.