2 million chickens will be killed at poultry farms in Maryland and Delaware due to lack of workers
Several farms have decided to “depopulate” 2 million chickens, because the coronavirus pandemic causes most workers to be sick or afraid to be infected and therefore do not go to work, CNN reports.
According to representatives Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc. will be depopulated "using approved, humane methods" that are accepted by the American Veterinary Medical Association and all state and local guidelines.
It is known that this decision was also influenced by the fact that the company does not have the ability to contain and store adult chicken individuals. But farms are considering transferring birds to other farms where there is no shortage of employees.
"If no action were taken, the birds would outgrow the capacity of the chicken house to hold them," the company said.
"MDA is only involved in depopulations when it is done in response to animal health concerns," the department said in a statement. "This particular case was a private decision made by an individual business."
At the moment, the raging coronavirus pandemic is hitting all sectors of the US economy and food production is no exception. In connection with this course of events, seven factories have already been closed, including Allen Harim, Cargill Meat Solutions, Empire Kosher, Foster Farms, JBS USA, Smithfield Foods, Tyson Foods.