TOWN OF ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A proposal to build a poultry slaughterhouse is sparking a major controversy in one Long Island town.

Some savor the thought of fresh, locally sourced meats. Others call it an environmental disaster.

How their Thanksgiving turkeys arrive at their home is something few people want to dwell on, but slaughtering poultry is a way of life for some farmers.

“We’ve been here so long, before the expressway and before Route 25,” said farmer Mark Miloski. “Everything was grandfathered in, we’ve had the same slaughterhouse since the beginning – since 1946.”

Miloski’s Poultry Farm, known for its poultry sold fresh, has a loyal following on Long Island’s east end. They boast 35 acres of free range grazing, with the processing tucked away from view.

West of there, a developer hopes to turn a patch of land into his own poultry slaughterhouse in the densely populated Town of Islip.

Proponents say the public’s appetite for locally grown farm to table foods make a meat processing factory of their own a good investment, but that’s stirring controversy from some neighbors who don’t want the town to make money that way.

“I want the board to know, there’s pollution in the water, the air, the soil, the natural habitat of the animal is affected,” Islip resident Keri Michel said.

Other say they want the zoning board to know their town is “a place of animal lovers, not a place of animal slaughter.”

A public hearing on the slaughterhouse proposal will be held next Tuesday.

CBS2 reports slaughterhouses require continuous federal inspection, are highly regulated, and must comply with the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.

  1. Patricia Montanino says:

    There are no regulations for chickens, check the slaughter act and see!Humane Methods of Slaughter Act
    Originally passed in 1958, the law that is enforced today by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) was passed as the Humane Slaughter Act of 1978. This Act requires the proper treatment and humane handling of all food animals slaughtered in USDA inspected slaughter plants. It does not apply to chickens or other birds. Contact the USDA Humane Handling Ombudsman if you have a humane handling related comment or concern or wish to file a complaint.
    It does not apply to chickens or other birds.

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