From the NY Times:
There are about 90 live-poultry markets in the metropolitan area. That number has doubled since the mid-1990s, state officials say, because of the demands of immigrants from countries where eyeballing your meat while it is alive is considered common sense. About a quarter of the markets are also licensed to slaughter larger livestock.
Perhaps inevitably, when it comes to killing animals for food, immigrant Queens clashes with suburban-homeowning Queens: Some of the people who worry about factory-produced meat are unenthusiastic about having mom-and-pop abattoirs next door.
Last year, residents of St. Albans, Queens, blocked a small slaughterhouse from opening on Farmers Boulevard. One resident, Marie Wilkerson, told The New York Times that she feared its stink would ruin backyard barbecues. Their state legislators pushed through a law barring new slaughterhouses within 1,500 feet of a residence for four years, effectively freezing the expansion of slaughterhouses in most of the city.
It's funny how the city government thinks it is acceptable to have these places within steps of people's homes. From a city planning standpoint, this is just bad. The smell that emanates from these places is vomit-inducing and should not be allowed anywhere near residences. And someone needs to educate newcomers that just because an animal "looks" healthy doesn't mean it is. Especially when you read a line like this:
"More-established market owners say that some new businesses skirt the rules or do not understand them."