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The North Carolina Farmed Animal Save and Animal Activism Mentorship has planned a demonstration near Smithfield Foods in Tar Heel on Friday, Aug. 28 from 1-5 p.m. The demonstration will be held at the intersection of NC 87 and Tar Heel Road, according to a news release from the organization.

The organization says the purpose of the demonstration is to highlight COVID-19 outbreaks throughout slaughterhouses around the world. Smithfield Food’s Tar Heel plant is among the largest hog slaughtering houses in the world. There have been reports, although some unconfirmed, of COVID-19 outbreaks in slaughterhouse operations in the U.S. There have not been numbers released for any possible cases at the Tar Heel plant.

“Every year approximately 70 billion land animals are slaughtered around the world and Smithfield contributes to this number,” the organization said in the news release. “Pandemics throughout history have been a result of how humans treat animals. Examples of this are Swine Flu, Bird Flu, SARS, MERS, Mad Cow Disease, COVID-19 and others.

“North Carolina Farmed Animal Save and Animal Activism Mentorship are asking Smithfield to transition entirely to their vegan meat line. This will help prevent the next pandemic, it will end the killing of animals at this facility, and it will provide safer work conditions for employees,” the organization said.

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