Farms in Delaware and Maryland are preparing to humanely slaughter up to 2 million chickens, The Baltimore Sun reports.
The problem? In the coronavirus pandemic, there aren’t enough workers at processing plants to kill the chickens to turn them into meat, CNN reported.
But an organization called Save Delmarva Chickens has appealed to farmers to halt the chicken slaughter, Delaware State News reported.
The organization hopes to convince farmers to donate at least some of the chickens to a sanctuary instead of killing them, said Augustine Sosa, according to the publication.
“We were concerned that the chickens were still being talked about as commodities,” Sosa said, The Baltimore Sun reported. “Their lives are on the line. They’re the victims. They’re not infected. They are healthy. ... It’s about profit and losing money.”