Millions of chickens euthanized during pandemic
Farmers are overwhelmed by their livestock
Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc. in Georgetown, Delaware, USA, reported one of the companies they trade with has euthanized almost two million chickens due to decreased consumer demand and lack of workforce amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The "depopulation" occurred at several farms throughout the states of Delaware and Maryland.
Farmers across the country are not able to keep up with their growing livestock, which they are unable to process and sell. Chicks grow in just a few months, and with meat processing plants closing their doors, consumer demand declining, and prices soaring, farmers face no other choice than to, well, eliminate their inventories.
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A farmer in Minnesota killed off over 60,000 of his chickens due to lack of demand for eggs. Apparently demand for eggs, milk, and some fresh vegetables is on a sharp decline in the States. Just one month ago, it was challenging to find a pack of eggs in any grocery store.
With millions of Americans out of work and waiting in miles-long lines for food, it is shocking to hear of such waste. Even prior to this pandemic, many Americans suffered from chronic hunger. As of right now, it is said the chickens will be used for pet food purposes...