Animal rights protest planned for Greenpoint live poultry market

As Greenpoint gentrifies, Lee’s causes a flap

September 20, 2013 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Local and national animal rights activists will gather at Lee’s Live Poultry Market in Greenpoint on Saturday, September 28, to protest the slaughter of chickens there.

The protest at 122 Greenpoint Avenue is part of World Day for Farmed Animals, with demonstrations taking place at slaughterhouses around the world.

“This protest memorializes and speaks out for animals who are brutally killed at Lee’s,” said area resident Shafali Patel, who is organizing the event. “On World Day for Farmed Animals, we intend to tell the public that animals raised for food face a gruesome slaughter and deserve our respect.”

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Lee’s has been a source of friction in Greenpoint since the area began gentrifying. Neighbors in a new condo next door have constant complaints about unpleasant smells, feathers and noise. Lee’s has been in operation in Greenpoint since 1928, however, and is grandfathered in under its new zoning rules.

At least one resident told The Brooklyn Paper that his broker “glossed over” the slaughterhouse when he first moved to his apartment on Greenpoint Ave.

Lee’s owner Shen Chen reportedly has plans to move the business elsewhere, but the move has been delayed.

After the protest at Lee’s, activists will rally at another slaughterhouse in Queens. For more information visit

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