NY sanctuaries take in animals escaping slaughter

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Imran Uddin, owner of Madani Halal live market, tours a section of his market housing goats and sheep, on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 in the Queens Borough of New York. Uddin, who supplies some of the city's top chefs, said there has been no escapes from his facility into the public. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of animals — including cows, sheep, goats and chickens — have apparently managed to flee in recent years from New York City's ever-growing number of urban slaughter markets.

But escaping to the busy streets comes with a beautiful reward those lucky enough to survive — a trip to a sanctuary where they can live out their days without fear of becoming someone's dinner.

The Farm Sanctuary, which has a farm in Watkins Glen says that over the last decade it has taken in more than 500 animals from the city, many from urban farms and slaughterhouses.

The city is home to nearly 90 storefront slaughterhouses, a number that has nearly doubled in the last two decades due to an influx of immigrants accustomed to freshly butchered meats.