Can slaughterhouses be humane?
Prather Ranch Meat Company, which kills its cattle painlessly, bills itself as an ethical beef producer
(Credit: Reuters/Mike Cassese)
A $5.25 all-beef hot dog at the Stang’s Hot Dogs and Sausages stand in the Corte Madera mall in Marin County, California, is labeled with enough buzzwords to satisfy the most discerning of foodies. “Contains no nitrates.” “Organic grass fed.” “Certified humane raised.” Its producer, Prather Ranch Meat Company, claims to be the most sustainably raised meat available, and Prather’s hot dog is the most popular item on Stang’s menu. “People pay extra for it,” says owner Jon Stanger. “The name Prather Ranch holds a lot of weight around here.”
The sprawling and lovely 34,000-acre ranch headquarters is located at the northernmost corner of California, near…
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