Letter writer: Keep slaughterhouses in sight and in mind

Graphic by Lori Deaton

“Buncombe County’s restrictions (on slaughterhouses) were enacted to protect a growing tourism industry, the report notes” [“The Slaughterhouse Debate: Will WNC Farmers Get a Local Meat Processing Plant?” June 17, Xpress]. Of course. Because killing’s not pretty — and out of sight, out of mind.

I say, if we want to feed the tourists red meat, then let’s put the slaughterhouse on Pack Square — with lots of windows and tours on the hour. Because however we may feel about it, the killing is real. (Along with all that comes with it: labor issues (http://avl.mx/1d3), public health risks  (http://avl.mx/1d6), social and environmental impacts (http://avl.mx/1d7).

And do we really want to outsource all that? I say, let’s keep it in sight, and let’s keep it in mind.

— Lida Sparer
Asheville

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4 thoughts on “Letter writer: Keep slaughterhouses in sight and in mind

  1. Paul Wilczynski

    Sorry, not interested. When I want a burger, I just want a burger. Not the entire history behind it.

  2. George Mantle

    I completely agree with the opinion expressed in the article. If you can’t stomach eating meat after seeing animals slaughtered or butchered, then you shouldn’t eat it, which is ok too.

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