I read that hogs are at times scalded alive during butchering in the United States:
The killing line moves so quickly that some of the pigs are still conscious when they are dumped into the scalding tank. According to a USDA swine inspection guide: “A hog that is scalded alive dies from asphyxia and will frequently have a scarlet red appearance and have organs that are engorged with blood.”
The Quora question "How are pigs killed for slaughter?" at https:// www.quora.com/How-are-pigs-killed-for-slaughter (warning: NSFW, graphic) echoes the claim:
[ During the process of slaughtering... ]
After bleeding out, he's dunked into a tank of scalding water to easily remove his skin. The killing line moves so quickly that some pigs are still conscious when they're dumped into the scalding tank. Workers confess that hogs often kick and scream in the scalding water and try to swim out.
Do USDA guidelines allow this to happen? How prevalent is this event?