Thursday, July 20, 2006

Market chastised for shocking behavior

Liborio Markets, a Latino-focused grocery chain due to open a store in Colorado Springs later this year, is drawing fire for the way it plans to handle its poultry. The company is seeking approval from the U.S. Department of Health and the Tri-County Health Department to bring in live chickens to its Commerce City store and kill them on site. Store owner Anthony Trujillo says he plans to bring in 150 chickens a day in climate-controlled trucks, kill them by electric shock in a back room, then de-feather, clean, cut and place them on shelves, all within five hours of delivery. Local residents are protesting the effort on the grounds that Commerce City law states that no livestock is allowed to be killed within city limits. To do so, says protester Claudia Barnes, would mean that "we're just opening up a keg of worms."

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