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Farmers Resort To Euthanizing And Aborting Piglets Under Pandemic Pressure

For the hard-hit meat industry, farmers say they have no choice but to cull livestock as they run short on space to house their animals or money to feed them

CHICAGO (Reuters) – With the pandemic hobbling the meat-packing industry, Iowa farmer Al Van Beek had nowhere to ship his full-grown pigs to make room for the 7,500 piglets he expected from his breeding operation.

  • Reuters – Tom Polansek and P.J. Huffstutte
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The crisis forced a decision that still troubles him: He ordered his employees to give injections to the pregnant sows, one by one, that would cause them to abort their baby pigs.

Van Beek and…

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