Last fall I wrote a piece for Mother Jones’ sustainability issue, on how the lack of small-scale slaughter facilities hampers both local meat production and distribution. It was bumped from that issue, along with all the other food coverage, and finally appears in this month’s March/April special package on food under the headline “This Little Piggy Goes Home.” As part of reporting it, I spent a day riding around with a custom slaughterer named John Taylor, aka “One Shot Johnny.” He’s a pretty amazing guy, truly the last of a dying breed. He takes his job very, very seriously, and he’s very, very good at it.
The magazine asked me to shoot some video of him, which I did. I edited together this very rough, brief clip, which is now posted on the Mother Jones website. Those who are squeamish about meat actually being from animals may not want to watch it.