After the fuel crisis in Britain caused by a shortage of truck drivers, fears of a new crisis related to the shortage of butchers have emerged.
Farmers have warned of a new shortage of butchers and slaughterhouse workers that could result in the culling of up to 150,000 animals.
Britain’s animal husbandry sector has appealed to retailers to keep buying local meat, and said businesses would go bankrupt and livestock would be culled if producers did not get immediate subsidies.
Slaughtering is down 25 percent a week since August, after the pandemic and post-Brexit immigration rules combined to deal a blow to an industry already struggling to find labour, leading to a severe shortage of butchers and slaughterhouse workers.
Many petrol stations remain without fuel, today, Friday, after a chaotic week that saw panic buying and fistfights between drivers in station yards as supply chains collapsed under the weight of a shortage of truck drivers. , to problems in some sectors and disrupted fuel and drug deliveries.
Although British ministers confirmed days ago that the crisis is on the way to receding or has already ended, retailers say that more than 2,000 gas stations are still completely empty of fuel. Correspondents across London and southern England said dozens of stations were still closed.
Queues of vehicles and their angry owners extended again in front of petrol stations that are still open in London.
“I’m quite fed up,” said a 47-year-old taxi driver whose car was first in line in a long line of more than 40 cars. “When will (the crisis) end?” he asked. “The government should have prepared for this crisis.”
The man explained that he lost about 20 percent of his normal earnings this week because he was spending time waiting for fuel instead of waiting for customers.
The Gas Station Owners Association said that its members reported today, Friday, that 26 percent of stations are free of fuel, 27 percent have only one type in their tanks, and 47 percent have enough gasoline and diesel.
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