Victory: No Chicken Slaughterhouse in Islip

PETA and LION Celebrate As Proposed Killing Factory's Permit Is Rejected

For Immediate Release:
August 7, 2019

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Islip, N.Y. – Following a campaign by PETA, Long Island Orchestrating for Nature (LION), and Brooklyn-Queens Animal Save that included spirited protests, testimonies at town board meetings, an urgent letter to town officials, and more, the Islip Zoning Board of Appeals has just denied a “special exception” application to establish a poultry slaughterhouse on Beaver Dam Road.

The applicant, Joseph Rosario, had proposed to operate a “live market,” in which hundreds of chickens would be kept on site until purchased for slaughter—even though Islip’s zoning ordinance expressly prohibits (and provides no exception for) the “live storage of poultry” in the district of the proposed operation.

“Chickens are wonderful, sensitive individuals who feel every moment of pain and fear when their throats are cut—something that local residents won’t see happening on their street,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA asks everyone to spare animals’ lives by going vegan and thanks local officials for keeping a filthy facility out of their beautiful town.”

Supporters of PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—recently documented that dead and dying birds were languishing outside a slaughterhouse in Queens operated by Rosario.

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