[Last] week’s article glorifying butchers [“The Art of Butchery: An Ancient Craft is Reborn in Asheville,” July 15, Xpress] and the recent one calling for a local slaughterhouse [“The slaughterhouse debate: Will WNC Farmers Get a Local Meat Processing Plant?,” June 17, Xpress] prompted me to write. Besides the cruelty of what actually happens there, slaughterhouses are dangerous for workers and pollute our environment. Please see http://avl.mx/1d4.
Call it what you want, but given the choice, the animal would have chosen to live, regardless of whether he or she knew they would be “respectfully” hacked to pieces after being killed.
Yes, it would be nice if the pig that you eat for breakfast didn’t live in a cage pumped full of chemicals. But what does this have to do with “artisan’ butchering?” And more importantly, animals don’t “offer” themselves up for killing, slaughter and consumption.
All this seems to be an attempt to make people feel OK with eating another sentient animal. As more information comes out about how horrible the conditions are for farmed animals, people are looking for justification for their support of such atrocities.
We are horrified when we hear about other cultures that eat animals we call pets. How are animals we call “food” any different?
Animal products are largely responsible for obesity and the disease epidemic occurring in our country today. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has excellent information about plant-based diets and health. Please see the website for more information: http://avl.mx/1d5
No matter how you slice, package and sell them, animal parts and products are bad for them, you and our planet.
Ashevilleans consider themselves to be enlightened and aware. Let’s act like it.
— Ann Green