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“I can hear birds screaming.” Lawsuit claims Chicago poultry market is public nuisance. PLEASE SEND EMAIL

May 26, 2020

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WGN News aired a story May 18, 2020, on Ciales slaughterhouse, and the public nuisance lawsuit filed against it by a plaintiff who is forced to live in an apartment with only a wall separating her home from the kill floor.

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Details on the lawsuit can be found at Ciales, incorporated in 1995, is not the only slaughterhouse that runs afoul of the 200-foot restriction, which was established in 1990 and under the jurisdiction of CDPH until 2012. These slaughterhouses also present a public nuisance and health threat to their communities.

Closing slaughterhouses is an animal rights issue, but is also a class issue, a worker issue, and a public health issue. I urge you to order all storefront slaughterhouses to be closed to protect animals, workers, and vulnerable communities!


Source WGN
By Ben Bradley , Andrew Schroedter

CHICAGO — Chicago was once known as the “hog butcher to the world.” These days there are roughly a dozen slaughterhouses licensed to operate in the city and most do so far from the public eye.

That’s not the case in the trendy Bucktown neighborhood where a family owned store that sells chickens, ducks, quail and other animal meat so fresh it was alive just before the sale.

“I can hear the birds screaming and crying, it’s miserable,” Meghan Boyles said. Boyles is a 22-year-old DePaul graduate who moved in next to Ciales Poultry in the 2100 Block of West Armitage Avenue last year. Even though the store’s owner is her landlord, she insists she had no idea before she moved in that poultry was being killed steps from her apartment.

“If I’m in my living room on the couch, I can hear it loud and clear which is why I put up this foam wall; but it barely works,” she said.

Boyles has now teamed up with the animal rights group Slaughter Free Chicago which recorded video of the late night deliveries of live chickens.

“The intention is to expose what’s happening in our own backyards and pressure city officials to enforce their own laws,” said Robert Grillo of Slaughter Free Chicago.

A new lawsuit claims the poultry purveyor is a public nuisance and is violating a city ordinance saying slaughter facilities can’t operate within 200 feet of private residences.

“This is not simply about animals and abuse that happens,” attorney Jordan Maty saids.  “It’s a threat to the neighborhood with bacteria and all the other contaminates they carry.”

Ciales Poultry is a family-owned market that has existed for decades.

“I say they should go protest and Jewels or Marianos,” Frankie Perez, who identified himself as the owner’s son, said. And the city appears to be siding with the store.

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Cries from those who need to be heard
Innocent, beautiful, loving birds
How can anyone not see their worth.
Birds are God’s angels on earth

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

6 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    May 26, 2020 11:49 am

    Cries from those who need to be heard
    Innocent, beautiful, loving birds
    How can anyone not see their worth.
    Birds are God’s angels on earth

    Liked by 2 people

  2. May 26, 2020 11:50 am

    Cries from those who need to be heard
    Innocent, beautiful, loving birds
    How can anyone not see their worth.
    Birds are God’s angels on earth

    Liked by 1 person

  3. May 27, 2020 1:50 pm

    Sorry Stacey, cannot look at graphic videos anymore. One of these days I’m going to lose my mind… the words are more than enough. Let another wave of covid-19 make it happen: millions of people will die, but, there is always a “but”, many of them are guiltfree, the ones which who should perish are the criminals killing for flesh.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. May 31, 2020 6:15 am



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