They're calling them "the Delmarva chicken killings
." In April 2020, a meat processing company on the Delmarva Peninsula was forced to kill 2 million chickens
, whose original purpose of feeding hungry families would never be fulfilled. Instead, their intact bodies were thrown away like garbage.
Why is this happening? COVID-19 related quarantine restrictions and illnesses are keeping workers from chicken processing plants. Outnumbered, they are turning to "depopulating," the term for killing and disposing of livestock en masse. Sign the petition, calling on the National Chicken Council (NCC) to use their expertise and influence in Washington to come up with creative, humane solutions so that these chickens do not die needlessly!
It is horrible enough that so many employees at meat processing and packing facilities across the nation have fallen ill with COVID-19 -- the facilities are now widely known as hotspots for the disease. But for those employees left behind, able to work, to have to perform mass killings and then burials, burnings, or other disposal methods of the bodies is tragic.
Although the methods of euthanasia are apparently approved to prevent against the spread of avian diseases, this tells us nothing about wether or not the chickens experience pain or psychological trauma.
Worse still is the juxtaposition of families across the U.S. going hungry while chickens are killed and thrown away right in their backyards. The unemployment rate hit 15% in May of 2020 and continues to climb. Families who can no longer afford to feed their families can't even rely on lunches provided for their kids at schools, which have all closed for the year. Welfare programs are experiencing interruptions, and food scarcity in grocery stores is more and more apparent.
But some of the other chicken processing plants and companies in Delmarva are finding creative ways to distribute chickens to folks in need, so that these animals don't die in vain and people don't go hungry. One coordinated with fire stations to host drive-by chicken sales.
The International Delaware Speedway, a popular racetrack in the state, welcomed tractor trailers packed full with chicken products. People in the community could drive up in their cars, order through cracked windows from employees wearing PPE, and leave with food for their family.
The National Chicken Council
(NCC), whose mission statement includes influencing "important legislative and regulatory policies," should take notes! We are calling on the NCC to find and implement creative, humane solutions so meat processing plants do not have to make the terrible decision to kill and throw away chickens, and so that people do not go hungry! Sign the petition today!