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May 02, 2020 - New York Daily News

Hundreds of thousands of healthy pigs are being killed as coronavirus closes pork production plants

Hundreds of thousands of healthy pigs are being killed as coronavirus closes pork production plants
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Farmers across the Midwest are being forced to euthanize hundreds of thousands of healthy pigs as the coronavirus pandemic temporarily shuts down many of the country’s pork production plants.

Officials estimate that about 700,000 hogs are being killed every week across the nation because barns are overcrowded, many plants are either closed or short-staffed and not enough animals can be processed for meat.

Federal officials are trying to help farmers by providing tools needed to euthanize the animals, including captive bolt guns and cartridges that can be shot into the heads of larger hogs, one of the most common depopulation methods.

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