Fair Killing in Kitchener
Does anyone know of farms or companies in the Kitchener area that raise, transport, and slaughter their animals humanely? Truthfully, I am looking for a family farm or something to that extent since I am located near St. Jacobs and all those farms! Anybody out there that has a good, fair, and humane farmer/butcher that they can recommend?
And now the rant (I put it after my question so you don't really have to read on if you don't want to)! I have have read a bunch of posts regarding the fair treatment of our meat when it comes to raising them; however, I can't find anything regarding the humane treatment of our animals/meat when we transport them and slaughter them. I am really appalled at the butchering processes that a lot of companies subscribe to (ie: slaughtered infront of eachother, crammed in trucks during transport, etc.). I know that there are a bunch of companies out there that raise their meat humanely without the use of antibiotics and growth hormones; but, can't really find any places that tell about their transport and slaughter process (with the exception of The Healthy Butcher; but, they are crazy pricy and am trying to find something a little less expensive). Any suggestions?
The Healthy Butcher
565 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA
Temple Grandin aside, the issue is complicated by the inspection and certification process--a necessity-- that small alt abattoirs would likely find difficult to comply with due to high cost. There are economies of scale they can't surmount that favor industrial packers. I've helped slaughter single steers, sheep and pigs. It's hard, messy, physically demanding work. It's most humane at that level when done quickly onsite but it still involves killing. What I've not heard of here are traveling abattoirs like this one--much in demand by organic/humane breeders who have trouble getting their stock from pasture to your table.
I don't know the Kitchener market but you might start asking around the area's indepedent butchers. Might be some leads here: