The stench was so foul that I vomited.
A dumpster at the Eastern Market was brimming with scores of rotting lamb carcasses Sunday afternoon, plainly visible to motorists along Gratiot Avenue in what is a clear violation of state law and a risk to public health. The Bodies of Dead Animals Act of 1982 requires carcasses to be burned, buried or passed off to a licensed processor within 24 hours of being slaughtered.
Witnesses said the dumpster has been full of lamb carcasses for several weeks – or longer – but it’s unclear how often they are being picked up. Images from Google Maps appear to show the dumpster full of animal carcasses in October 2014.
Whatever the case, the stench could induce gags from Gratiot.
It wasn’t immediately clear who is responsible. Parked outside the dumpster was a van for Berry and Sons Islamic Slaughter House, which butchers lamb, beef and goat in a building behind the lot at 2496 Orleans St. The business didn’t return calls for comment.
We have notified the state and city of the carcasses. Within minutes, Mayor Mike Duggan’s administration sent out a worker to examine the mess.
Check back for updates.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.