Mobile slaughter on rise in the U.S.

USDA estimates 20 mobile units are in operation around the country

The U.S. Department of Agriculture expects the number of mobile slaughterhouse units to grow and has provided financial assistance to at least four in the past half-decade. (Scott Olson, Getty Images)
Originally published on July 26, 2014:

The six-person team gathers its equipment and heads out in heavy boots and tie-dyes, moving in for the kill.

Sharpened knives? Check. Scalder? Check. A “kill cone” to drain blood from upsidedown chickens? Check.

Towed behind a Ford F-250 pickup, Island Grown Initiative’s mobile poultry slaughtering unit is on the move in Martha’s Vineyard, ready to feed the growing appetite for locally raised products on the Massachusetts island best known as a vacation playground for the Kennedys.

— Alan Bjerga


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