The NY Times has an article about the city's slaughterhouses, noting how many have sprung up "because of the demands of immigrants from countries where eyeballing your meat while it is alive is considered common sense." A native of Trinidad explained, “I like to see it fresh and choose what I want." There's also a slideshow inside a few of them, which hold various types of animals, like cows, goats, chickens (and where, sometimes, a few escape). Still, some Queens residents weren't thrilled "about having mom-and-pop abattoirs next door"—one "feared [a potential] stink would ruin backyard barbecues"—and managed to get a law passed banning new slaughterhouses from within 1,500 feet of a residence for four years. And there's plenty of other bureaucracy for live animal markets; Tom Mylan of Marlow and Daughters butcher shop in Brooklyn blames the meat lobby and mourned, "We’re used to going into the grocery store and there’s not even a butcher counter, just a bunch of foam trays with a lot of anonymous blobs of meat in them." Photo of a halal poultry company in Astoria by webchango on Flickr