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The dark world of "backyard butchers," who slaughter and butcher animals on makeshift farms, is spreading across the U.S. every day. Whether a cheap way to skirt the law, or a misguided attempt to join the go-local movement, backyard slaughter involves shocking brutality.

When "backyard slaughter" is tolerated, animals suffer immense cruelty, starvation, botched "live" slaughters, and are kept in disgusting and diseased yards. Humane slaughter laws, which require animals to be rendered senseless before slaughter, are not followed; instead animals are sloppily shot with handguns, and experience excruciating agony from mishandled, amateur, often live butchering.

No governmental inspection protects these animals or the sanitation of the yards. Overwhelmed by the upkeep of running slapdash farms, these butchers starve, mistreat, abuse, neglect, and harm animals to horrific and gruesome degrees. The yards pose immense risk to public health, safety, and well-being. Blood and animal byproducts are often illegally disposed of onsite, jeopardizing local groundwater. Without any kind of regulation, the meat is sold to the general public on the black market.



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