Even those who love meat don’t often express a desire to see how animals are slaughtered or processed. But a growing number of consumers in the 21st century food movement want transparency in the food system. And for some, that includes transparency around the slaughter of animals. Vermont Packinghouse is one of a couple of slaughter facilities that enables consumers to view animal processing.

Caroline Abels writes for Civil Eats:

But for those who want to observe it—an act that can require courage and vulnerability, but that can ultimately spark greater respect for animals, for meat, and for meat industry workers—Vermont Packinghouse quietly offers the opportunity, and with some degree of pride. Says Arion [Thiboumery]: “This is a clean facility, we’ve got good animal handling, and we’re committed to having people come here.”