Animal rights advocates storm North Philly slaughterhouse, free chickens

Justin Udo
June 14, 2018 - 3:10 pm
Animal rights activists marched down Lehigh Avenue and into Saba Halal Live Poultry in North Philadelphia Thursday to protest animal abuse.

Justin Udo | KYW Newsradio

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NORTH PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Holding signs that read "I want to live" and "I am you, only different," animal rights activists marched down Lehigh Avenue and into Saba Halal Live Poultry in North Philadelphia Thursday to protest animal abuse.

"We want to raise awareness for animal abuse in our society and help people make the connection that animals that people eat are no different than the animals we have in our homes, that we love and treasure," said Maria Kelly, an organizer with Liberation Philly.

During the protest, slaughterhouse workers sprayed protesters with hoses as they attempted to open chicken cages.

"There are animals inside who are injured and they're ill," added Kelly. "We think that that's wrong, so we went inside and we got some animals out to get them the care that they deserve."

Shortly after releasing a few chickens, protesters were chased out of the slaughterhouse and owners called police.

The protesters then held a vigil outside of the building.

They said the newly freed birds will be taken to a sanctuary.

The protesters finished their demonstration outside of the building, where they continued to call for an end to the killing of animals.