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Aug 30, 2010 07:36 AM

Humane butcher in Manhattan?

I'm embarrassed to ask this question; on the other hand, can I be the only person who is ready to eat meat but slightly queasy about unnecessary animal suffering? So: Are there any more or less approved, humane methods for slaughtering? If so, are there any butchers in Manhattan who carry humanely slaughtered meat? Short of that, are there any butchers who carry humanely raised meat? Does anyone know? In an ideal world, you'd have it all: a good butcher who saves backs and wings for you, and reasonably cheerful chickens.

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  1. not in manhattan but deliver to manhattan every thursday:
    great quality and ethically raised & slaughtered meat
    highly recommended

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    1. Zabiha halal and kosher meat is slaughtered in a manner thought to minimize the suffering of the animal. There are halal butchers throughout the city where you can choose a live animal and have it butchered in front of you so you can monitor the slaughter. Ethically-raised and free pasture animals are also available from organic farmers in local greenmarkets. In the end, though, if you want to be sure that everything was done humanely and properly, it's best to just do it yourself.

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      1. re: JungMann

        Thank you. Alas, I'm interested in non-kosher meat (pork, rear legs, stuff like that.) Do you do it yourself? Where?

        1. re: margy

          I have made hunting plans for the Fall, but obviously that precludes stuff like pork or beef. I've not slaughtered my own meat since I moved to New York, but I know there are some butchery classes where you execute in every sense of the world.

      2. Dickson's Farmstand in the Chelsea Market:

        "Our beef, lamb, pork, goat and poultry are sourced from local farms, hand-picked because of their commitment to producing natural, humanely-raised, high-quality and distinctive meat products."

        The Meat Hook in Brooklyn, who I believe get their meat from Fleisher's:

        And there are a number of options at the various Greenmarkets around town, like the one at Union Square.

        Here's a PDF of who's at the Union Square market and on what days:

        Jeffrey's Meat Market and Brooklyn Kitchen also offer classes, with the Brooklyn Kitchen doing it in conjunction with the Meat Hook:

        Jeffrey's Meat Market
        120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

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          1. re: kathryn

            Dickson's was the first thing I thought of too.

            Fleisher's sets up at the New Amsterdam Market, but that's only once a month. At USQ, Flying Pigs Farm has excellent pork on Fridays and Saturdays, and Three Corner Field has great lamb on Saturdays all year, and Wednesdays starting in a couple of weeks.

          2. Our goal for this regional board is to keep the focus on sharing tips on where to find the best chow, locally. We've removed some of the responses and ask that everyone keep their responses focused on the question of where to find meat with a "humane" designation in Manhattan.

            1. Hey Margy,
              The meat vendors at the USQ Greenmarket are very involved with all steps of the raising and processing of their meats. Some like Grazin Angus are 'Certified Humane' but all that I know use small processors and even allow visits to their farms. I've had really well butchered (and amazing) pork cuts from Flying Pigs but there are many superb pork producers, especially at Union Square. Try searching the threads for market suggestions. For beef, I think Grazin Angus is the best of the best and there are many great pork producers like Flying Pigs and Violet Hill. Most will take orders in advance for special cuts as well.
              Thanks for your important question and eat well!