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PUBLIC ABATTOIRS., Issue 7956, 11 July 1889
At last evening’s sitting of the City Council a deputation appointed by the recent meeting of butchers was heard on the question of erecting public abattoirs. Mr R. Pearson said that the butchers had no objection to tho Council erecting abattoirs, but they hid an objection to outside persons erecting them for tho sole purpose of making profits, Tho trade was well served by tho present slaughter-yards, and objected to pay the high charges of private persons or a syndicate. As soon as the Council erected abattoirs of their own the butchers would gladly support them. Mr Wix added that an objection to the proposal to give the abattoirs to a syndicate was that it would compel the butchers to deal with one class, while at present if they were not satisfied with the manager of one of the slaughter-yards they could go to another one. There was a cry for meat inspection, and he would say that no one would welcome more heartily "than the butchers themselves an arrangement whereby all cattle should be inspected. If the Council erected the abattoirs, well and good; but tbe handing over of their powers to a syndicate, who simply wanted to make money out of the affair, was what was objected to. Only that day there was a requisition very largely signed at the Burnside saleyards against the proposal to give the abattoirs to a company. It would be sent to Wellington with as little delay as possible. The Mayor said he understood that the Bill regarding slaughter-houses was entirely permissive, and even if it passed in Parliament it did not follow that the Council would immediately act on it, nor that they would act on it at any time, unless they thought it would be in the citizens’ interests.
Cr Solomon asked the deputation if they recognised that the Bill was simply permissive. It gave the Council power to enter into a certain contract if they wished, but it did not bind the Council in any way. Cr Cohen asked if the deputation could tell them of one place where abattoirs managed by a Corporation had proved advantageous. Mr Pearson said they had proved to be a source of profit. Mr Wix remarked that they had not proved to work satisfactorily. Cr Cohen : So I thought j that is why I asked the question. Cr Carroll moved—" That consideration of the second clause of the General Committee’s report bearing on this subject be deferred till next meeting,” He thought there might be such a thing as a monopoly at the back of the Bill if carried ; and if that was so, the Council should be careful how they proceeded in tbe matter. Cr Sinclair seconded this, which was carried. The clause reads as follows: " That the City members be requested to support the proposal contained in the Bill to amend the Slaughter-houses Act, 1877, by enabling councils to contract with any person or company to erect public abattoirs, submitted by Messrs Macassey, Kettle, and Woodhouse.”
PUBLIC ABATTOIRS., Issue 7956, 11 July 1889
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