A Delaware chicken company is reportedly being forced to kill and dispose of 2 million chickens because it doesn’t have the adequate staff to slaughter and package them. Allen Harim Foods is another meat producer hit hard by the coronavirus, where the virus has infected a significant portion of the staff.

While South Dakota meat plant Smithfield Foods’ shut down after increase instances of illness, other manufacturers, like Allen Harim, are open but working a reduced staff and therefore reduced output. Short staff means the plant cannot manufacture its usual number of birds and is forced to dispose of them.

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Allen Harim has said that only 50% of its staff has been reported for work, according to a letter sent to Delaware News Journal. “Unfortunately, reduced placements will not make an impact for six weeks and with the continued attendance decline, and building bird inventory daily, we are forced to make a very difficult decision,” wrote Michele V. Minton, the director of live operations at Allen Harim.

PETA has reached out to Allen Harim in an open letter asking that the chickens be killed in methods approved by the American Veterinary Medical Associaton for “non-emergencies.”

“These millions of chickens don’t deserve be tossed into an old wood chipper or struck with a two-by-four, as PETA has documented in other ‘depopulation’ efforts,” says PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch. “The law, veterinary guidance, and common decency all mandate that the chickens receive the quickest and least cruel death possible.”

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