A live poultry shop in NYC | Photo via NY Times
On the heels of a report in the New York Times on the growing number of live poultry shops in New York City, KYW checks in on the live poultry action in Philly:
As Philadelphia's immigrant population continues to grow, more live poultry shops are springing up.Check please.
You can hear the squawking of chickens just before slaughter - they're handpicked by customers - inside the Q and Q Live Poultry market in the 1100 block of Spring Garden Street. Cages are filled with birds, ducks, bunnies and other small animals for a clientele comprised almost exclusively of immigrants, mostly Chinese.
The Italian Market in South Philadelphia used to have many shops where customers could have all kinds of fresh meat including pigs, goats and lamb. Now Peter's Live Poultry is about all that's left and owner Pete Sparta says most of his customers are regulars:
"People come in and they want fresh chicken. We kill it, we poke 'em in the neck and drain all the blood out of them. And then we pluck 'em and do what they want with it. If they want it cut up in pieces, we cut it."
More Live Poultry Shops Opening in Philadelphia [ KYW 1060 ]
Slaughterhouses in the City - Meeting, Then Eating, the Goat [ New York Times ]