Hundreds of Thousands of Farm Animals Burned to Death in Barn Fires in the Last Year Alone
On August 17, yet another barn fire killed 370 pigs in the U.K.
According to a local news source, more than 30 firefighters were enlisted to stop the blaze, which had killed most of the pigs immediately. The remaining pigs, who were badly burned, were euthanized.
While this fire occurred in the U.K., farm fires like this are prevalent anywhere factory farmers are mass confining animals. In fact, hundreds of thousands of animals have died this way in the last year alone.
This past June, multiple fires killed hundreds of cows and 1,500 pigs across Canada, and in July, a barn fire killed more than 1,200 pigs in North Carolina.
Six cows had to be euthanized after a fire broke out on the truck transporting them to slaughter in Nebraska, and in South Africa, nearly 100,000 baby chicks were killed after the main structure at the farm caught fire.
And these are just the fires we’ve heard about.
These stories serve as painful reminders of the dangers farmed animals face when intensively confined on factory farms and during transport, unable to flee fires, floods, tornados, or other disasters.
As long as factory farmers’ top priority is profit, not animal welfare, animals will pay the price with their lives.