The residents in the King and Bathurst Streets area say the Quality Meat Packers Ltd. slaughterhouse, which has been in the area for more than 80 years, releases an annual summer stench that stinks up the air around their balconies, the Toronto Star reported Tuesday.
"It's no place for a slaughterhouse, downtown, with all those condos going up," said Bob Ross, a 10-year resident and superintendent of the nearby Niagara Neighborhood Co-op apartment block. "When this was an industrial area, OK, but it's not anymore."
Ross said he moved in during the winter and didn't notice the smell until summer.
"It's a shame they haven't moved it yet. Everyone in the neighborhood would like to see it go. There are protests all summer long, but nothing ever gets done," he said.
Jim Gracie, vice president for sales and marketing at Quality Meat Packers, said 6,000 live pigs arrive at the facility each day.
"You have to ventilate the barn. You have to have air passing through the barn at all times," he said. "That's where the smell comes from. It's how animals in barns smell -- it's a mix of everything."
Gracie said shutting down the slaughterhouse would cost 700 people their jobs.
Joe D'Abramo of Toronto's city planning department said those opposed to the slaughterhouse have no legal options for shutting it down.
"If you've earned the right to use your land in a certain way, cities can't just change that and force you to move," he said. "Sometimes it's not possible to wipe everything out and start anew."