NC Farmers Start Euthanizing 1.5M Chickens Amid Pandemic
Coronavirus outbreaks at meat processing plants are forcing North Carolina farmers to euthanize 1.5 million chickens, according to a state official.
Assistant Agriculture Commissioner Joe Reardon told Rhe News & Observer of Raleigh on Friday that this is the first time during the pandemic that North Carolina farmers have had to euthanize their animals. Reardon said roughly a third of the 1.5 million chickens already had been killed.
Agriculture officials said Thursday that 2,006 workers in 26 processing plants across the state have tested positive for coronavirus.
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