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PUBLIC ABATTOIRS., Issue 7954, 9 July 1889
A meeting of butchers and others was held last evening in rlano’s Hall, Maclaggan street, for the purpose of considering the question of erecting public abattoirs, Mr J. Grindley was voted to the chair. The Chairman said that the agitation that had been going on in the public Press was to his mind not got up for the benefit of the public health, but for the purposes of a private company, who wore endeavoring to make money out of the present well supplied requirements. If there was to bo such a thing as public abattoirs, they should be in the hands of a public body, and no one else. He maintained that those who kept slaughter yards now attended honestly and well to the butchers. Ho had heard it rumored that the company he had referred to was already formed, and if that was so he would say that they had no other object than to make money. Mr R. Rab said he had called on some of these who were supporting the erection of abattoirs, and had asked them to come to the meeting and express their views, but he got evasive answers from them all. Mr Higoinson remarked that he was sure there was hole-and-corner work going on outside, and it would bo a bad thing for the small butchers if the abattoirs were started.
Mr G. Wilson, who has recently returned from a lengthened sojourn in Australia, said he Held it was not necessary for a place like Dunedin to be supplied with anything bat the slaughter houses, which, in his opinion, are being worked satisfactorily at present. If any other system was adopted, it would be just putting money into the hands of a syndicate, Mr C. Samson said there was no doubt but that this agitation was caused by people who had a little surplus cash, which they wanted to use in such a way as to make money out of the trade. Last session a Bill was introduced into Parliament regarding this abattoirs question, but it did not pass. However, there was a chance of it passing this session. But even if it did pass, the suburbs would not give their consent to the company running the abattoirs, because they (the suburbs) derived a good rata from the yards under the present system. Then, who had brought this matter up ? It was Dr Macdonald. But he gave no reason for wishing for abattoirs, and he (the speaker) challenged the doctor to bring forward a single case that ho had had before him that had been caused through diseased meat. (Applause.) If the Bill passed in the House, the trade and all connected with it should put up abattoirs to suit the town and suburbs, and they could manage it better than a company. If this syndicate got the power they wanted, they would spend about L 14.000 or L 15.000 on their buildings, and who would have to pay the interest on that?— (Voices ; “The butchers.”) The butchers, certainly ; and as that was to, tho public would also suffer. As for inspection, that could be done any day even in the way slaughtering was carried on now. He proposed—" That a petition be prepared and signed by all those in and connected with the trade against the bill dealing with the question of proposed abottoirs.”
Mr R, Pearson seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously. On tho suggestion of Mr Blackwood a committee, consisting of Messrs Randall, Samson, Wix, and Pearson was appoint'd to draw up petitions to be sent to the City Council.
PUBLIC ABATTOIRS., Issue 7954, 9 July 1889
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