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May 14, 2020 - The Guardian

Animals Farmed: Meat plant virus outbreaks, China's cattle imports and Amazon forest fires

Animals Farmed: Meat plant virus outbreaks, China's cattle imports and Amazon forest fires
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US senators have called for pork producers to be given financial assistance to ensure the “humane euthanization and disposal” of up to 7 million pigs that could be left on-farm due to the high number of meat processing plants in the country either temporarily shut down, or having to slow down because of the coronavirus pandemic. The disposal of farm animals could also have serious consequences for air and drinking water.

President Trump ordered meat plants to stay open despite thousands of cases linked to them and at least 20 deaths. The coronavirus has spread at more than twice the national rate in US counties with major meatpacking plants in the first week after he issued the order, according analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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