Coronavirus outbreaks at NC meat processing plants force farmers to euthanize over a million chickens

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Chickens are seen sitting in their cages at a poultry farm (Photo by Dimas Ardian/Getty Images)

Chickens are seen sitting in their cages at a poultry farm (Photo by Dimas Ardian/Getty Images)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Coronavirus outbreaks at meat processing plants are forcing North Carolina farmers to euthanize 1.5 million chickens, according to a state official.

Assistant Agriculture Commissioner Joe Reardon told The News & Observer that this is the first time during the pandemic that farmers in the state have had to euthanize their animals.

Roughly a third of the 1.5 million chickens already had been killed, Reardon said.

Chicken and hog farmers in other states also have been euthanizing millions of animals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

North Carolina hog farmers have not taken steps to euthanize their animals, Reardon said.

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