Local animal lovers and advocates like myself are outraged at the rock-star status you give to people slaughtering animals [“The Art of Butchery: An Ancient Craft is Reborn in Asheville’s Food Scene,” July 15, Xpress] .
However, I actually want to thank the Mountain Xpress for this article. Because most butchering goes on behind closed doors (ever try to get a slaughterhouse tour?), consumers tend to block out the cruelty behind the nicely packaged meat and dairy in grocery stores.
Your article, complete with graphic photo, brings the violence, blood, death and horror to the public eye. Anyone who reads this glorification of butchers must surely stop, think and hopefully question this horror in a civilized society.
— Frank Contreras