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A N I M A L W E L FA R E R E P O RT

curveball
THE COVID

Maintaining animal welfare standards during a global
pandemic put processors in unforeseen predicaments
BY J O E L C R E WS | j c r e w s @ s o s l a n d.c o m

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plants, where large-scale operations' line
workers were susceptible to exposure due to
the proximity of workers who traditionally
had worked shoulder to shoulder with their
fellow front liners. Outbreaks at plants led to
many temporary closures and drastic cutbacks
in volume as companies scrambled to secure
personal protection equipment and retrofit
plants with workstation dividers to facilitate
social distancing to minimize exposure and the
potential for spreading the virus.
While plant operators and line workers
coped with newly implemented protocols,
educating workers, COVID-19 testing, illnesses
and even deaths related to the virus, a logjam
of livestock quickly developed, especially in
the pork supply chain. What ensued was mass
depopulation of healthy hogs as the oversupply
peaked in late April.

Colorado State University

Animal welfare experts like
Temple Grandin shared
information and insight
at the 2020 Animal Care
& Handling Conference,
held virtually last month.

he coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has
had a profound impact on almost every
segment of the meat and poultry industry
and, more generally, the US food supply chain.
The fallout from COVID-19 has also had animal
welfare implications that were part of the
domino effect.
For consumers, the most obvious evidence
during the initial weeks of the global crisis
was at grocery stores, where shortages of
food extended to meat departments across
the United States, and household goods
like cleaning supplies and toilet paper were
part of the panicked shopping that saw
many consumers hoarding food and nonfood goods.
While outbreaks of COVID-19 swept
through the country, the spread of the virus
didn't spare meat and poultry processing


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