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Slaughterhouse Escapes

A chicken runs past customers after escaping its cage at a live market  in Queens borough of New York. The city has nearly 90 slaughterhouses, called live markets, offering chickens, goats sheep and other animals. The markets serve mostly immigrants accustomed to cooking freshly butchered meats.

Slaughterhouse Escapees

Hundreds of animals – including cows, sheep, goats and chickens have apparently managed to flee in recent years from New York City’s ever-growing number of urban slaughter markets. But escaping to the busy streets comes with a beautiful reward those lucky enough to survive – a trip to a sanctuary where they can live out their days without fear of becoming someone’s dinner.

The Farm Sanctuary, which has a farm in Watkins Glen says that over the last decade it has taken in more than 500 animals from the city, many from urban farms and slaughterhouses.

Reporting by Verna Dobnik, Associated Press.