Regulating Backyard Slaughter: Strategies and Gaps in Municipal Livestock Ordinances

Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development 6(1): 33–48, 2015

By: Jennifer Blecha, Thomas A. Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems
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Urban  Livestock

This article examines the animal policies in 22 U.S. cities and identifies five approaches to governing backyard slaughter; many communities do not address the practice at all and the regulations of others show significant gaps and inconsistencies. The article suggests that policy makers have a range of regulatory options for meeting local priorities, whether those are reducing nuisances, protecting public health, or addressing animal well-being.