Australia has factory farming, and what qualifies as 'free range' still involves elements of factory farming.
You're the only one who considers the cat thing relevant. You haven't explained it either. Do we have to produce so much meat for cats that we may as well continue on as we are? Is this taurine stuff impossible to synthesise?
I'm not from Australia. I would have hoped the flag and my initial post in this thread would have made it clear. As for the cat, I was concerned that the OP would be one of those vegans who enforces their beliefs onto their pets irrespective of their dietary requirements.
That's probably what they'd want people to believe; that the animals all have good living conditions before they are slaughtered (by cutting open their throats and letting them bleed to death in the pile of their own blood, or sometimes hanging by their legs from a ceiling).
You're making it sound like there's some sort of conspiracy going on. With regards to the slaughter, no that is not how animal slaughter is done, at least in New Zealand. What you have described is halal slaughter (and to some extent, kosher slaughter as well) and both are particularly gruesome methods of slaughtering an animal. But that doesn't happen in New Zealand (unfortunately can't say the same about other Western countries) because the law here requires that all commercially slaughtered animals must be rendered unconscious before being slaughtered.
As for the premise that they don't live in "good conditions" beforehand, I've often driven past the local "freezing works" (local term for a slaughterhouse) where the sheep are kept in open fields full of grass before they're taken inside to be slaughtered. The sheep come from local farms where they're also kept in good conditions (or as good as you can get for farm paddocks with grass). I can't speak for other nations but this is what local conditions are.