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August 26, 2020 - ASPCA

USA: Alarmingly, COVID-19 Relief Funds Prop Up Factory Farming

USA: Alarmingly, COVID-19 Relief Funds Prop Up Factory Farming
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The Small Business Administration (SBA) recently revealed that the majority of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) agricultural relief funds, which provide businesses with loans to keep them afloat during the COVID-19 crisis, went to industrial agriculture companies and factory farms.

These large corporations and factory farms raise animals in cruel, unsanitary conditions that not only cause enormous animal suffering but also increase the risk of future pandemics and public health crises. Meanwhile, more responsible, higher-welfare farmers across the country continue to struggle through this economic and public health crisis with limited government support—despite their practices better protecting animals, workers and public health.

Though PPP payments are meant to support small businesses affected by COVID-19, the data show large-scale industrial farms raising chickens, pigs and cows in intensive confinement—including cruel battery cages, gestation crates and barren feedlots—received payments amounting to hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars.

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