New Zealand meat industry calls on Kiwis to eat more pork

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The New Zealand meat industry is calling on the public to eat more pork in order to save pigs.

It’s quite the piggy paradox, but after independent butchers had to close their doors there’s a surplus of 5000 pigs every week.

New Zealand Pork CEO David Baines told Newshub the COVID-19 lockdown has left thousands of pigs without a farm.

“COVID-19 [alert] level 4 rules have seen independent butchers shut up shop, wiping out a massive chunk of the industry.”

“With the closure of food-service outlets and independent butchers it’s carved off about 50 percent of our normal markets and that’s important to us as all the pigs grown in New Zealand are sold in New Zealand,” Baines said.

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