Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Humboldt County needs a slaughter house

As you may know, there’s a Senate Bill moving through the legislative process that would widen highway 101 at Richardson Grove to allow Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) trucks to haul live cattle South from Humboldt for slaughter. The widening might require the removal of old-growth redwoods.
While there have been some interesting ideas that would preclude cutting the trees, such as installing traffic lights at either end to allow nighttime one-way traffic to accommodate the trucks, there is perhaps a local solution -- a Humboldt County slaughter house.
Why ship cattle south when processing and packaging could happen here, creating jobs and high-quality local products? And for the motivated entrepreneur, money from the Headwaters Fund could be accessed to start the business. The Fund is currently accepting applications.
The slaughter house could also service Del Norte, though adjustments to the highway may still be required at Big Lagoon.