Posted: Jul 6, 2012 10:15 AM by CJ, The Associated Press
ROSEMEAD, Calif. (AP) - A slaughterhouse in a small Los Angeles suburb is raising a big stink over efforts to shut it down, with owners claiming cultural discrimination.
Chinese American Live Poultry in Rosemead provides freshly killed chickens - head, feet and all - to many Chinese immigrants in the San Gabriel Valley.
It opened in 1991. However, complaints about foul odors, traffic jams and escaped chickens moved the city to pass an ordinance two years ago ordering it to cease operations by May 12 of this year.
The owners sued, accusing city officials of racial and religious discrimination. They argue that the chickens meet the cultural and religious practices of Asian-Americans.
A federal judge ruled last month that the slaughterhouse can remain open until the case is decided.
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