Lucky U.S. chickens fly the coop as pandemic hits egg demand

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Chickens are retrieved from an Iowa farm by an animal rights group to avoid them being gassed as egg demand falls due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak near Fort Dodge, Iowa, U.S., May 16, 2020. Animal Place/Handout via REUTERS

CHICAGO (Reuters) – About 1,000 lucky chickens flew on two chartered cargo planes to a California sanctuary from an Iowa farm that has been euthanizing its flock as the coronavirus outbreak slashes restaurant demand for eggs, an animal rights group said.

Farmers have killed off pigs and chickens as the pandemic shuts slaughterhouses and upends the food supply chain, leaving

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