Recent wholly inappropriate terminology used by those who are opposing this venture has prompted me to write. And before I start I am going to declare an interest in this project; not because I am a crofter or a member of SACL or SLMG but because I am a conscientious meat eater who actually cares about where my meat comes from and how it is processed. Having been in the fortunate position to visit the Laxfirth facility, an invitation that was extended to all interested parties by SACL, I can say that I found the whole process far from â€œbarbaricâ€. Yes I saw animals arrive in trailers and yes I was aware what was going on inside. Did I feel that the process was barbaric, far from it! What I find barbaric is the fact that we as an island community that could be wholly self sufficient in meat supply are importing lamb and beef from as far a field as New Zealand, Uruguay and Brazil. Are you happy eating this meat? I know for sure that I am not! However I am more than happy to eat locally grown and processed lamb even if it was happening on my doorstep. The current facilities in Shetland are widely acknowledged as inadequate. Letâ€™s take this wonderful opportunity that is before us and see locally produced meat eaten locally! Letâ€™s see Shetland lamb, pork and beef eaten in our schools and available in our shops. How many people who are opposing this venture through signing the petitions have actually visited an abattoir and seen it in operation? Not very many I would guess judging by the numerous false and unsubstantiated remarks. Let us face it, the location of the houses nearby is unfortunate, however the houses have gone up in the full knowledge that there was an industrial site there, the building has not just suddenly appeared! I would encourage anyone who has a valid reason to object to this project to do so, but no more of this NIMBYism and scaremongering!!