ISLIP—The proposed poultry slaughterhouse, on Beaver Dam Road, is no more.
Last week, the town’s zoning board of appeals voted 4-0 against Joseph Rosario’s proposal, which would have allowed him to operate a live market, six days a week, out of the 5,323-square-foot building that currently sits on the site.
During the initial application process last year, Rosario stated that his proposed business would have hired four to five employees and had no more than 300 live chickens within the facility at any given time.
The current zoning would have allowed for a chicken slaughterhouse, but the applicant also sought to create a pickup and delivery service, which isn’t allowed within an Industrial 2 district. Therefore, he applied for the special exception permit that was ultimately denied.
Islip Town supervisor Angie Carpenter said the board’s 18-page decision cited “numerous, well-explained reasons for the denial.”
“I heard from numerous surrounding residents who objected, and certainly sympathized with their concerns,” Carpenter added. “The zoning board [of appeals] made the right decision for the town and for our residents.”
The fight against the slaughterhouse began, last October, during an Islip Town board of appeals meeting. About 300 opponents of the facility attended the public hearing. Another 100 or so people, including residents and animal activists, also spoke out against the project, citing a wide range of concerns ranging from loud animal noises to a potential increase in violent crime.
Rosario, a Huntington resident, already owns and operates a poultry slaughterhouse in Queens, which drew the attention of PETA activists who documented animals’ remains, including blood, feathers and feces, that made their way outside the facility.
It was during last year’s board of appeals meeting that Rosario failed to provide record documents and disclose the name of his business in Queens.
The incident not only prompted several residents to demand the application be thrown away then and there, but also caused one of the board members, William D. Wexler, to appear more than frustrated as he called on the applicant’s lawyer to disclose the necessary information.
John Di Leonardo, president of Long Island Orchestrating for Nature and a manager for PETA, had been following the situation closely since it began. He has since applauded the board’s decision.
“Chickens are wonderful, intelligent animals with complex social structures and incredible memories, yet each year, billions of lives are reduced to pain and misery in slaughterhouses across the country – something that local residents won’t see happening on their street,” the animal activist wrote in a statement.
Di Leonardo, a Nassau resident, also asked residents, including those who opposed the slaughterhouse, to “spare animals’ lives by going vegan” and thanked officials for “keeping a filthy facility out of their beautiful town.”
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