Supply and demand in the pork industry has adjusted swiftly with the coronavirus pandemic. Producers and slaughterhouses have been forced to close or slow production after reports of sick employees create staff reductions or closures.
NPPC President Howard “A.V.” Roth said of the situation, “We are taking on water fast. Immediate action is imperative, or a lot of hog farms will go under. … Hogs are backing up on farms with nowhere to go, leaving farmers with tragic choices to make.” Similar scenarios are now underway at chicken farms around the United States.
He confirmed that hog farmers might have to start euthanizing hogs, “Absent immediate and significant government intervention, sadly, it’s true that euthanizing is a question that’s going to come up on farms. As a pork producer, we care about our animals. The last thing we would ever want to do is euthanize one, and we are going to do everything in our power to make sure that we don’t do that so that you can have pork on your plate tonight.”
According to Mercy for Animals, piglets are sometimes killed by “thumping” or being hit against the ground.
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- Delaware Plant Forced to Kill 2 Million Chickens Due to Staff Shortages Caused by Coronavirus
- Hundreds of Meat and Poultry Workers Sick from COVID-19
- One of the Largest U.S. Pork Processing Plants Closes After Over 200 Workers Tested Positive for COVID-19
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