Hispanic Grocer Rancho Liborio Plans to Slaughter Live Chickens

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Rancho Liborio, a new Hispanic-themed grocery store that opened here yesterday, plans to bring in live chickens for slaughter.

The reason, co-owner Anthony Trujillo said in published reports, is that he wants to offer the freshest product as a service to his customer. The live chickens would be held in a separate loading dock and special room when shipped to the store. An electric shock would be used to kill the animals.

The USDA and the Tri-County Health Department have approved the poultry department. Officials with Commerce City's Planning Commission must give approval in September with the City Council set to take up the issue in October.

Some grocery stores in California and Nevada already operate similar live poultry departments.
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