Petition Won't Affect Local Meat Market

It's a simple concept: pick out an animal, have it processed, and then take it home.

"To a lot of people it's important to see what they are eating," said Tom Meyer, Owner Tom's Live Meat.

Meyer is opening up Tom's Live Market on 26th street and N street. It's in the early phases now, but the building will soon be knocked down and rebuilt.

"Some people it is important to see their animal, with what they want to feed their family and kids. So they can see the actual live animal to make sure it is healthy," said Meyer. "The poultry, they will be able to see everything. If they want to see the processing, part of the processing take place or be there when they cut the meat up, so they can tell us how they want it cut up, because a lot of different people want their meat cut up different than what they can get in the grocery stores."

Meyer said there are many reasons for people to be on board, but an online petition is not. So far over 85,000 signatures are there and all of them are against the market.

Meyer didn't know about it until Thursday.

"I've never heard of it before. I would really have to see where they are from. There are a lot of groups out there that once they get a hold of it nationally, they can run with it," said Meyer.

He is right and the petition is not local. So at this point, it does not pose much of a threat. On the petition website, most of the signatures aren't even from people in Nebraska.

Meyer's only concern is the city council and they approved the live market back in July.

City council's only concern back in July was to make sure children couldn't stroll by and witness an animal being slaughtered.

"I understand that, we are going to post the signs," said Meyer.

Customers will have the option to watch the processing, but there is a waiting room for those who aren't interested.

Meyer said he's doing everything he can to run a transparent company and encourages anyone with an issue to come on by.

The business is expected to be opened by late spring. They will be primarily handle poultry, turkeys, pigs, lamb and sheep.

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