Interesting! In Sudan we would buy our sheep for the family a few days before, when it's not too expensive, keep it in the garden, and have it slaughtered in front of the house/on the street on Eid day. The hired butcher would do the work - he would slaughter it, skin it, remove the intestines, chop up the major hunks of meat, etc.
Same, except that we buy the day before and keep them in the garage.
Has anyone watched Food Inc? It's a documentary on the industrialized food system. There was a farmer in it who does everything the old fashioned way, open to sky. So, somebody(govt agency/some company, don't remember) sued him for that and then they tested the meat from his farm and the meat that comes from the plant. The plant meat was far more contaminated than that which came from his farm.
In the West I think they just overcomplicate things, everything. I was watching Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution today and they showed that school lunches in America have flavoured milk instead of the regular even though it contains more sugar than soda because the govt agency responsible thinks that getting calcium into kids is important, even if it causes them to get diabetes.
The complete absence of common sense simply baffles me.