Meat market

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Inside the Smithfield Meat Market in London.

A meat market is, traditionally, a marketplace where meat is sold, often by a butcher. It is a specialized wet market. The term is sometimes used to refer to a meat retail store or butcher's shop, in particular in North America.

The purported link between societal gender relations and meat sales techniques and treatment of animals has also been discussed in feminist literature, including those focused on women and animal advocacy.[1][2][3]

Overview of meat trade[edit]

A butcher specializes in the preparation and sale of meat. Butchers sometimes operate specialized shops selling meat, known as butcher's shops, meat stores, meat markets or butcheries. Meat may also be sold in supermarkets, grocery stores, and fish markets, and these shops may employ a butcher.

A slaughterhouse or abattoir is a facility that specializes in killing animals for meat. A meat cutter prepares primal cuts of meat into smaller portions for retail sale.


View of the interior of historic Ponce meat market just before opening time
  • London wholesale meat markets:
  • Melbourne


  1. ^ Erik Marcus (2005-07-15). Meat Market: Animals, Ethics, and Money. Brio. ISBN 978-0-9758679-1-4. 
  2. ^ Carol J. Adams (2010-03-15). The Sexual Politics of Meat (20th Anniversary ed.). Continuum. ISBN 978-1-4411-7328-7. 
  3. ^ Carol J. Adams (2004). The pornography of meat. Continuum. ISBN 978-0-8264-1646-9.