“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