I think people would respect animals in general a lot more if they did their own slaughtering and dressing for food.
Absolutely. People are so disconnected from their food nowadays. They buy "cruelty-free" cosmetics, and think hunting is cruel, but they wear leather shoes and eat steak.
I love animals, but I eat meat. I disapprove of factory farming, so I try to buy meat from local farms, or raise it myself.
The first time I butchered one of my own chickens that I raised from an egg, it was difficult and a bit nerve-wracking for me. I had to have a shot of whiskey before and after. Once the bird was dead I didn't have a problem dressing it out, cooking, and eating it (it was delicious), but killing something I'd raised from a baby was a different paradigm for me, since I didn't grow up around it.
But, I figured, it's hypocritical if I eat meat but can't stand to kill it myself.
And I realized, after I killed my first chicken... no matter where I get chicken, no matter how it's cooked or processed or how well disguised it is, someone somewhere had to kill a living thing in order for me to eat it. It gave me a whole different perspective and a much deeper appreciation for where my food comes from. Not that I didn't understand all that before, on an cognitive level, but I didn't really *get* it on a deeper level until I killed, cooked and ate an animal myself.