HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A cooperative effort is bringing the slaughterhouse to the animals in an attempt to make Hawaii's meat market more sustainable.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports almost all beef, pork and lamb products for sale in Hawaii are imported, but Hawaii Island Meat may reduce that as it reverses the tradition of bringing animals to slaughter.
Small livestock businesses can sign up as Hawaii Island Meat partners and share in the dividends. The $220,000, 36-foot mobile slaughterhouse was purchased through state agriculture funding and will process pigs, sheep, goats and cattle starting early next year.
The endeavor has been years in the making and involved development and small business groups like the Kohala Center, a community conservation group.
Project manager Dana Shapiro says about 25 mobile slaughterhouses are currently operating nationwide.