Sanderson Farms, a company that had multiple farms affected by Hurricane Florence, described the deaths of 1.7 million chickens in their barns as the company's "live inventory" being "destroyed."
In a press release, the company went on to say that "losses of live inventory could escalate if the Company... is unable to reach those farms with feed trucks."
Leaving millions of animals to drown or subsequently starve to death is simply the cost of doing business for industrial farms. These animals are property, nothing more. Chickens especially, because they are smaller and farmed in huge numbers, have no individual value to farms. These birds never receive individualized care and are slaughtered before they are two months old. As a society, we have collectively agreed that these animals' lives are worth nothing, but the millions who died in the hurricane would have experienced fear, pain, and distress, just as our dogs and cats would have.