05/11/2012 10:09 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Chicken-Killing Tool From 1930s Looks Downright Scary (PHOTOS)

Something tells us this "humane poultry killer" isn't all that humane.

fishers humane poultry killer

The above image, posted Thursday by Reddit user trevdak2, has been making the rounds on the internet. The slogan on the box reads "Safe, Sure, Easy," and depicts the product's proper usage: One arm of the shears inside the chicken's mouth and the other at the back of its head. We can only imagine what the next step is.

After a little digging, we found that the tool was submitted for a U.S. patent in 1932 by William John Fisher, William Alred Fisher, Alvin Clarence Fisher, Evans Fisher and Victor Hubert Fisher (that's a lot of Fishers) who all hailed from Saskatchewan, Canada.

According to official documents, some of the tool's aims were to "eliminate the risk of missing the fowl's brain in this process of killing" and "enable the user to keep his hands clean and free from blood."

And look, we've got the official patent rendering:

chicken killing tool