KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss
WHACTOM COUNTY, Wash. – The Whatcom County Council is holding a public hearing tonight on whether or not to allow new slaughterhouses in agricultural zones.
New slaughterhouses are currently prohibited on county farmland.
Squalicum Valley cattle farmer Larry Helm says allowing new slaughterhouses would let more local farmers get their meat on the tables of local families.
Helm says he feels local farmers are being picked on by excessive county regulations.
Right now, Keizer Meats of Lynden runs the only USDA approved slaughterhouse north of King County that is open to the general public.
The Whatcom County Council will begin the discussion at its regular scheduled meeting tonight starting at 7:00 p.m.