20 Jan '12, 2pm

The Dark Side of Backyard Farming: Should Slaughter Be Banned in Urban Environments?

The Dark Side of Backyard Farming: Should Slaughter Be Banned in Urban Environments?

Whether we are looking at how to humanely kill a turkey or a chicken , or taking a peak inside a self-described "humane" slaughter house , the topic of animal slaughter is always a controversial one. And that controversy is relevant even in the deep green corners of the ethical food movement. Backyard Slaughter Trend Evokes a Backlash The rise of backyard farming has been held up by many as a more sustainable, humane alternative to the industrial food system. And many backyard farms are including animals for meat and dairy production . Some of their vegetarian neighbors, however, are none too pleased about it. In the latest issue of VegNews, Ian Elwood of Neighbors Opposed to Backyard Slaughter lays out his opposition to backyard animal husbandry of all kinds: In the past five years, the majority of cities that have deregulated animal husbandry in some way have done so bec...

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