Municipal Slaughterhouse of Bombarral

The old Municipal Slaughterhouse of the town of Bombarral was inaugurated in the earlies 50’s, and was active until the end of the 80’s. It was integrated in a national system of slaughterhouses run by the state which supervises local slaughthouses in all municipalities.
The managers of the slaughterhouse were public servants paid by the state, but the employees tasked with the meat processing were hired and paid by the local butcher shops. Meat distribution was mostly for the butcher shops in Bombarral, and some other stores in the rest of the municipality. Portugal’s entry into the EEC (European Economic Community) and a policy of reduction of state intervention marked the end of the local slaughterhouses, with these being replaced by larger facilities with regional and district reach, and controlled by private companies. By today’s standards, work and sanitary conditions were appalling. It was not unusual to see severed animal’s heads lying in the floor, together with pieces of meat and fecal matter. Some of the employees were alcoholic and that was reflected in the quality of work and in the maintenance of the facilities. Today it is heavily degraded and abandoned. There were talks of reusing the place, but nothing was decided.

Ferdinand of S.

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