"Barn" Fires Kill 23,000 Animals in Four Days
An Animal Rights Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM

Canadians for the Ethical Treatment of Food Animals (CETFA)
July 2011

The toxic air in today's confinement facilities from the waste of thousands to tens of thousands of animals corrode electrical wires raising the risk of fire. Add to this the fact that many of the animals involved in barn fires in Canada are confined to barren metal gestation crates, concrete pens or battery cages, escape becomes all but impossible.

pigs burned alive
Burned sow who attempted to escape gestation crates.
Photo by CETFA investigators

In just the last four days, four barn fires in Canada have claimed the lives of over 23,000 animals.

These fires are completely preventable but because factory farms are set up to be as automated as possible, routine chores like cleaning vents and light fixtures go undone. Additionally, the toxic air in today's confinement facilities from the waste of thousands to tens of thousands of animals corrode electrical wires raising the risk of fire. Add to this the fact that many of the animals involved in barn fires in Canada are confined to barren metal gestation crates, concrete pens or battery cages, escape becomes all but impossible.

Please, write letters to the editor of papers and post comments on on-line news sources that cover these fires. Indicate that the vast majority of animals involved in barn fires in Canada are confined and that the only measures that give these animals any hope of survival are on-site smoke sensors and sprinkler systems which must be retrofitted into existing barns.


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