Tornados Wiped Out Much of Alabama’s Chicken Industry
Total devastation and unfathomable animal suffering. The New York Times reports:
It is too early to calculate the storm’s economic impact, with some employers, like auto plants, temporarily closed and some small businesses blown away altogether. But one indication of the scale of destruction, as well as the complicated challenges of the response, is Alabama’s $5 billion poultry industry.
The industry, which is mostly located in the northern counties that were hit hardest, processes 20 million broiler chickens a week. At least 714 poultry houses — each of which can hold up to 30,000 chickens — have been damaged or destroyed.
Millions more chickens might be without water for extended periods and were seen as likely to die.