After more than 2,000 workers in 26 North Carolina meat-processing plants were diagnosed with COVID-19, farmers there are being forced to kill nearly 1.5 million chickens due to staffing shortages. This is the first time farmers across the state have had to kill their animals.
Calling it a "last resort," Assistant Agriculture Commissioner Joe Reardon explained the situation.
"The continued lack of processing capacity over a long period of time with this ‘just in time' process that we have on animal production, puts us in this very untenable situation," Reardon said.
Almost half a million chickens have already been euthanized.