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Barn Fire Kills 5,600 Hens

Offbeat  (tags: horrific suffering, halloween, hens, burned alive, deaths, factory farming )

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Thousands of "laying" hens died an almost unimaginably horrific death when the barn that they were trapped in burned two days before Halloween. It was the first of three fires involving farmed animals in Ontario in just over a week.

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Michelle Lell (255)
Tuesday November 9, 2010, 6:49 am
Tat is horrible!!! That's why I buy cage free eggs!!!

tracey p (81)
Tuesday November 9, 2010, 11:45 am
From what was probably a horrific life to a horrendous death. Free range eggs and chickens must become the norm.

Susan Pernot (75)
Tuesday November 9, 2010, 2:00 pm
OMG! This is horrible, poor chickens

Alicia V (181)
Tuesday November 9, 2010, 2:04 pm
Horrendous! Poor chickens....FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

Jane B (30)
Tuesday November 9, 2010, 2:24 pm
Noted and commented on the ottawasun site via Peta.
UK and Europe are going towards free range, but I can't see the US doing it.

janet f (29)
Tuesday November 9, 2010, 2:40 pm
Why aren't structures housing animals required to have sprinkler systems? Horses have perished when there were fires in their barns. Seems like an easy fix to install sprinklers to douse fires before all these animals are killed. It's an unnecessary and horrible way to die.

Judy Cook (0)
Tuesday November 9, 2010, 3:16 pm
What a shocking cruel way to die. I agree , why did this place not have a sprinkler system !!!!!

Monica D (580)
Tuesday November 9, 2010, 4:19 pm
The poor hens!

Anna Borsey (66)
Tuesday November 9, 2010, 4:36 pm
Yes. This could have been avoided, had the chickens been free to roam inside the barn, and free to go outside.

DO NOT eat eggs from caged hens or chickens!!!

Lisa Z (168)
Tuesday November 9, 2010, 4:43 pm
How pitiful!!! The suffering of those poor animals must've been unbelievable!!! Shared on Facebook. :(

Susan S (187)
Tuesday November 9, 2010, 4:57 pm
This is very tragic for not only the animals but for animal advocacy groups that work so hard to help animals overcome factory farms. The article mentioned that the fires were suspicious and I pray that they were not deliberately set by someone trying to sabotage the industry or retaliate somehow. There are constructive and legal ways to deal with the plight of animals trapped in factory farms. While it does draw attention to factory farming is very destructive and caused a tremendous amount of suffering for the poor animals. Only a cruel and heartless person would deliberately set these fires, and if they were arsons then I hope that the person is caught.

John Williams (36)
Tuesday November 9, 2010, 6:01 pm
I agree their deaths were horrible. The sadder fact is that the vast majority of all chickens die a horrible death. That is the price they pay so we can be carnivores in this industrial/service age. Vegan is the only humane way to go. I am trying. It is hard to reverse 60 years eating habits.

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Tuesday November 9, 2010, 6:17 pm
Noted, thanks.

Gloria H (88)
Tuesday November 9, 2010, 6:53 pm
I guess the reason for no sprinklers would be the people would have to dry off the birds, and that- of course- would be far more expensive than to put in a claim with the insurance company!

Anne K (139)
Tuesday November 9, 2010, 7:07 pm
Michelle L - Cage-free eggs are produced by debeaked hens living in a warehouse, so they still would have perished in the fire. I was buying "Humane Certified" eggs from Whole Foods Market until I called the company and was told that the hens were debeaked and living in a warehouse (with windows so they could see the outdoors).

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 9, 2010, 7:29 pm
That, by any standards, is such a horrible way to die. And the farmers, well, they should really care more about another being's life than income, which is a man-made concept. Money is pretty much worthless when you can't even buy the things you really want, like a hug. Rest in peace, chickens.

Gwen Hillman (11)
Tuesday November 9, 2010, 9:40 pm
Incredibly sad story - such a senseless waste of so many lives. Protection must be mandatory (e.g. sprinkler systems) for battery hens, as well as free range.

Marilyn M (145)
Tuesday November 9, 2010, 10:33 pm
Noted. Thank you, Simone. All enclosures housing farm animals should be required to have sprinkler fire protection systems.

Penelope Ryan (178)
Tuesday November 9, 2010, 11:06 pm
There is no excuse for this, these animals are treat ed as if they were not alive and had no feelings. Why no sprinklers...

michelle t (41)
Wednesday November 10, 2010, 12:35 am
Why wern't fire sprinkler systems in place and mandatory.These poor chickens burn't alive.Disgusting

Justin R (0)
Wednesday November 10, 2010, 8:52 am
Horrible! Horrible! Horrible! I hope the owner will have nightmares for as long as he lives. Why not install sprinklers? He should get no insurance money!

Peggy A (109)
Wednesday November 10, 2010, 9:40 am
That is so sad and the farmer didn't even care about the chickens .He just cared about the money he lost

Geynell Eskite (68)
Wednesday November 10, 2010, 9:12 pm
Their lives were cruel and their deaths were horrific, and as usual, the human in charge doesn't give a crap about their suffering, just his bottom line. I just want to take people like that and shake them hard until they come out of their emotional coma.

Grace Adams (43)
Thursday November 11, 2010, 7:06 am
How could 5,600 hens fit in one barn? YIKES

Dianne D (490)
Saturday November 13, 2010, 1:06 pm
They should start making factory farms install fire sprinklers in all shelters to give these animals a chance. Dying was probably the happiest day in these chickens lives.

Roberto Vivas (48)
Monday November 15, 2010, 5:49 am
Noted! Its proof that farm owners dont have an emergency plan,the only thing he cares is the loss of profit,just like they did in the fish markets when the Gulf oil long as Mcdonalds keeps advertising on national Tv, chickens will keep suffering.

Nathalie Martel (5)
Thursday November 25, 2010, 1:09 pm
These poor beautiful creatures had no chance....what are we doing to these animals? Shame....
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