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Factory Farming

More Than 150 Billion Animals Slaughtered Every Year: Animal Kill Counter

It's a message that can no longer be ignored: killing animals is killing the planet.

End the Cage Age - Make farming rabbits in cages illegal! Update 2017! NEW

Campaign 2016: Animals Are Not Freight

"The most violent weapon on earth is the table fork."  Mahatma Gandhi

"But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time she had been born into the world to enjoy."  Plutarch

"Now I can look at you in peace; I don't eat you anymore."  Franz Kafka

“Flesh eating is unprovoked murder.”  Benjamin Franklin

"If man wants freedom why keep birds and animals in cages? Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places! I have since an early age abjured the use of meat."   Leonardo da Vinci

"Isn't man an amazing animal?  He kills wildlife - birds, kangaroos, deer. all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice, foxes, and dingoes - by the millions in order to protect his domestic animals and their feed.  Then he kills domestic animals by the billions and eats them.  This in turn kills man by the millions, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative and fatal health conditions like heart disease, kidney, and cancer.  So then man tortures and kills millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases.  Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.  Meanwhile, some people are dying of sad laughter at the absurdity of man, who kills so easily and so violently, and once a year sends out a card praying for 'Peace on Earth'."

C. David Coates from the preface of his book: Old MacDonald's Factory Farm

Gail A. Eisnitz - Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry It’s well documented that slaughterhouse workers often experience a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. As these workers are increasingly being treated for PTSD, researchers are finally starting to systematically explore the results of killing sentient animals for a living.

January 18, 2017 France Passes Bill Mandating Cameras for Every Single Slaughterhouse By 2018, each one of them will be equipped with CCTV.  L214’s video of the horrors is largely responsible for this breakthrough.

April 18, 2017 Thousands of farm animals suffering cruelty and neglect before being slaughtered

Life Behind Bars pdf

Farm Animals are Sentient Beings pdf

Peace Begins on the Plate - Stopping Factory Farming; Philip Wollen's speech; meat consumption stats Canada 2015

The Pig Farmer - leaving behind "wrong" life; Hog Wild; corporate influence; suppliers; criminal charges laid; systemic abuse on dairy farms, death on a factory farm; Tyson abuses again

Hallmark convicted of horrendous animal cruelty, Chino, CA; Butterball evil; undercover footage

Swine flu by any other name is still swine flu; Hallmark; confinement & disease; avian flu on Fraser Valley farms; world markets enact trade bans; flu spreads to WA; OR; across Midwest; Ontario

Is that sausage worth it? Banal brutality at Iron Maiden Farms, KY; revulsion over US Meat Animal Research Center; stop misuse of taxpayer dollars

Corporate Rotten Eggs - unspeakable cruelties exposed; DeCoster's legal troubles; going to market

Farm animal movement, 'ag gag' bills, concealing cruelty, European and AU law

Animal cruelty is the price we pay for cheap meat; consumer demand; lobbyists; deceptive marketing; Costco; Safeway

Animal Liberation activists launch spy drone to test free-range claims; the Finch scandal, falsely advertised pork; 'boutique' meat

USDA Classifies Rabbits as Poultry; rabbit production in the EU; Codes needed; Australia. Whole Foods pilot project: Meet your "meat" rabbit; LCA exposes rabbit torture at Pel-Freez slaughterhouse, Arkansas

No laws to protect Canadian livestock rabbits; NFACC; letters; Colorado cruelty case tests definition; Meat Inspection Regulations; Codes underway for rabbits 2015; update 2017

Auditor General asked to review CFIA; GF2; driving change, options for the future; animal welfare

Undercover video by MFA reveals severe abuse of dairy cows at Chilliwack Cattle Sales; inherent wrongs exposed throughout industry; flagrant abuse at Quebec veal farm; mad cow disease AB; countries ban Cdn beef due to BSE NEW

Ontario turkey farm video shows ‘gaping hole’ in gov't animal welfare oversight; Hybrid Turkeys face criminal charges, plead guilty, measly $5,600 fine

Lilydale faces charges for transporting chickens in freezing weather; a repeat offender, guilty & fined $160,000, Maple Lodge Farms conviction; chicken processing plant, Hallmark sued, MFA at Abbotsford plant

Canadian farm animal transport laws atrocious; Health of Animals Regulations; Compromised Animals Policy; comparing the US, Europe, & Canada's transport reg's; truck fire, 1000s of chickens perish, SK piglets die in truck crash

Undercover probe by MFA reveals Western Hog Exchange workers abusing pigs transported for slaughter, CFIA inspectors stand by, CVMA joins voices for legal reform

Canada: No Country For Animals & Animal Freedom Day; Canada gets a "D" in animal protection; take action

Battery Bunnies - a deplorable state of affairs; backyard butchery cruelty; ALDF lawsuit; extreme cruelty, illegal slaughterhouses raided, Florida, Animal Recovery Mission

Meat rabbits and some statistics; Surrey livestock bylaws, Humane Slaughter Act anything but; Canada's exports of rabbits & other animals to China, our trade deficit

Rabbit touted as healthy cuisine; Ag Canada provides funding; production; AU investors lose; Prevention piece on rabbit meat distasteful; Ontario Rabbit Leaves Livestock Alliance Partnership (2014)

Public misinformed about 'humane' animal products; AWI Report; meat recalls regular; HSUS spreads myth of "compassionate capitalism"

Whole Foods introduces 5-step animal welfare program; What's on your plate? Canada's ILOs; the high costs; rethinking our values; ditching Whole Foods; PETA alleges false claims

Canada phasing out antibiotic use in livestock, worldwide concerns; rampant misuse; Health Canada; whistleblowers; Harper gov't blatant bias to meat industry, targets Field Roast, approves ractopamine

Legal challenge: keeping hens in city a charter right? Locavore movement problematic; TN rabbits

Death toll staggering for animals en route to Canada's abattoirs; Maple Lodge Farms guilty/CFIA; some stats

Shocking cases of animal cruelty by Manitoba pig producers; taking action; government bailouts; PED kills millions, MB Pork Council; vigils at Fearmans Pork, ON; trial for woman giving pigs water; not guilty!

Ghent goes vegetarian; international campaign - World Vegan Day; food guide; Meatless Mondays; WHO warns cancer risks linked by processed & red meat  

Vegetarian revolution coming; it's here - meat consumption stats atrocious; ; global meat industry distressing

Windsor Castle Hosts Vegan Lunch for Interfaith Eco-Conference; Father F. Mann

MEAT = ANIMAL CRUELTY = MURDER

What has eyes, people conscious of their responsibility do not eat.

Take a strong stand - say no to meat and ALL animal products. Everybody wins!

All-Vegan VegCo Market to open in Phoenix, Spring 2013
Viva La Vegan opens in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Toronto Pig Save - Stand with Anita - Compassion Isn't A Crime!

Toronto Chicken Save        Toronto Cow Save

October 14, 2015: Compassion isn’t criminal. Anita Krajnc is in Court in Milton, Ontario, facing criminal mischief charges under $5,000 for giving water to pigs en route to slaughter. Unbelievable! It’s animal agriculture that is one of the biggest crimes in history. Tens of billions of sentient beings, each with complex sensations and emotions, live and die on a production line, and we are solely responsible for this horror. What does this say about us?  

“Offering water to a thirsty pig is an act of compassion. It is not only a right, but a duty we all share. Causing the pigs to suffer in the first place is what is wrong,” said Anita Krajnc, an organizer with Toronto Pig Save. “I face these criminal charges with dignity, knowing that truth and justice are on my side.”

Update: Around the globe, activists mobilized and began holding solidarity vigils in support of Krajnc. Well-known organizations like PETA are standing with her, as are celebrities like Jane Velez-Mitchell and Moby. People from all walks of life have come together, united in this fight for justice, and the media can’t get enough. It is history in the making!

We stand by you 100%, Anita. Best Video You Will Ever See - The Crime: Compassion. (Toronto Pig Save on Facebook)

World Day for Farmed Animals was launched in 1983, and takes place on or about October 2nd.  Get active.

A demonstration was held at Lilydale Food Products, a chicken processing plant, in Port Coquitlam on Sept. 28, 2013 from 1 - 4 pm.
"Lest we forget their suffering" - the brutal and unjust lives of sentient beings raised for meat, dairy, and eggs.

World Animal Day encompasses all animals and is held on October 4th.

The United States becomes first nation in the world to formally recognize Vegan Earth Day in 2009, and Dennis Kucinich is the spokesperson for the 2012 Vegan Earth Day! He emphasizes three key reasons for adopting veganism: his health, his concern for animals and for the environment.

Learn more about Vegan Earth Day

Social Ecology: Sustainable Ag BC; Can Animal Foods be Produced Sustainably?; Cowspiracy

B.C. Livestock Act

BC slaughterhouses; licensing; meat inspection regulations; Salt Spring Island abattoir; Pitt Meadows Meats E.coli case coverup

Vancouver Island farmers want stricter laws for dangerous dogs after livestock killed

Rabbits raised for meat, saved in N. Van.; arbitrary categorization of animals; moral inconsistency; SPCA seizure, Nanaimo

B.C. Gov't Moving to Keep Farm Disease Outbreaks Secret; Bill 37 shelved!; update AHA revised

BC Liberal Party Ideas Lab: Agriculture and Food - improve farm animal welfare criteria; letters; 2017 new NDP gov't hears from us NEW

We are the living graves of murdered beasts; meat is the new tobacco

Ottawa to allow slaughterhouses to process already dead animals; meat packing plants; calls to ban non-stun slaughter practices in Canada, 2017 federal slaughter regs to be replaced by Safe Food regs

In Australia, more than 2,500,000 sheep, cattle, and goats have died on live export ships since 1981. (Source: SAFE condemns massive live sheep export to Mexico, June 10, 2015)

Canada ships live pigs to Hawaii

Canada sends live breeding cattle, sheep, and goats to Vietnam! AU cattle exported to Vietnam slaughtered by sledgehammer, steer jumps ship in futile attempt to escape slaughter; massive shipload of cattle sinks in piranha-infested Amazon

Canada to sell 10,000 dairy cattle to Vietnam

Breeding pigs from Canada go to China; reform export laws! cruelty charges laid Israel

Canada to send live export cattle to United Arab Emirates

Canadian Cattle, Sheep and Goats to be exported to Philippines 

Harper Government Strengthens Agricultural Ties With Serbia & Ukraine; Canadian breeding hogs & cattle being exported to Georgia

Canada's live horse export trade; Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada: Industry, Markets & Trade; rabbit exports to China!!

Canadian Lambs to Slaughter: Killings Too Cruel for AU but OK for Canada? Take action!

Defra 'stripped' of its prosecution function – CFIA also in conflict, New Zealand, too; food safety moves to Health Canada, animal duties stay with Ag Canada; CFIA failures

CFIA puts rare Shropshire sheep on death row; now on the lam; CFIA returns to farm; charges laid; charges stayed 2016; the fight to save Sunshine the goat from CFIA-ordered slaughter

Codes of Practice fail to protect farm animals; NFACC Report 2011; Timelines; NFAHWC; Maple Lodge inhumanity, misleads consumers, complaint filed; BC chicken farms sadistic cruelty 2017 NEW

Animal Care Assessment Framework; NFACC Report 2013; on-farm audits necessary; provincial & territorial laws

Winter 2013 Report:  Farm Animal Welfare Law in Canada

Canada’s Health of Animals Regulations

Barn fires in Canada claim thousands of lives

July 26, 2011 I can’t fathom the sheer terror and pain these animals went through before tragically losing their lives. Insurance coverage will assess a monetary value for the producer’s loss. How terribly sad that these animals are regarded as nothing more than mere commodities. Please keep fighting for the rights of our animal friends. From CETFA:

January 7, 2011 20,000 rabbits and 4,000 piglets burn alive in QC  January 22, 2011 70 dairy cows burn alive in QC

January 24, 2011 35 cattle burn alive in ON  February 26, 2011 7,000 turkeys burn alive in SK  March 5, 2011 300 pigs burn alive in QC

March 18, 2011 125 beef cattle burn alive in QC  March 23, 2011 16,000 chickens burn alive in MB

March 31, 2011 2,000 pigs burn alive in AB  May 21, 2011 4,000 pigs burn alive in MB

June 7, 2011 30,000 hens burn alive in AB  July 22, 2011 12,000 chickens burn alive in MB

July 24, 2011 600 pigs burn alive in AB  July 25, 2011 650 pigs burn alive in ON

November 21, 2011 In just the last 4 weeks, 5 barn fires in Ontario have claimed the lives of nearly 4,300 animals.  2,700 pigs burned alive on October 16, followed by fires at 3 different "dairy" operations on November 5, 15 and 20, which killed 95 cows. On November 15, 1,500 turkeys burned alive.  The total number of animal lives lost in Canada to barn fires to date totals over 101,000 animals.

March 19, 2012 18,000 chickens burn alive in Abbotsford, BC

March 4, 2014 update: Tragically, about 1,300 pigs perished in a fire in Huron County, Ontario. One can only imagine the sheer terror and agony of these helpless victims as they were burned alive, desperate to escape the flames. Amending the codes to require sprinklers and smoke control systems has long been discussed.  

April 1, 2014 3,500 pigs die in barn fire near Lanigan, Sask. 

Comment: It takes a mere three to four minutes to fill a barn with smoke when a fire starts. The whole structure will be engulfed within six minutes. Farmers/producers have an ethical obligation to protect the animals whose lives they have exclusive control over. Yet financial and economic interests are always number one, and that’s how the value of these lives lost is measured. So what can you do? The best thing that will have the most impact is to adopt a plant-based diet.

At long last, the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, with advice from the Provincial/Territorial Policy Advisory Committee on Codes, has agreed to work on updating the requirements for large farm buildings with a view to incorporating these updates into the 2015 National Building and National Fire Codes. For information, contact the Chair & Members, Standing Committee on Fire Prevention. codes@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca Carmina Gooch's letter to the Commission. It includes an expanded list of farmed animals who suffered terribly before perishing in barn fires.

Update: I have not received the courtesy of a response.

February 28, 2017 Since January, 2016, media reports account for at least 30,000 pigs, cows, horses, sheep, goats, ducks and chickens killed in barn fires across the country, mostly in Ontario. Philip Rizcallah of the National Research Council says the committee in charge of the National Farm Building Code (a non-mandatory model code provinces can adopt and adapt based on needs) is currently working on updates that will enhance fire safety by 2020. The primary objective of those updates, however, will be the protection of human occupants, he says, adding, “As a secondary benefit, asset protection may be realized.” By assets, he means live animals.

As long as our society continues to regard farmed animals as nothing more than property, then industry classifications like “low human occupancy” will persist to allow farmers to dismiss animals as unworthy of protection from horrific harms like fire. Regulations and laws respond to evolving values and concerns within society. Speak up and take action to give them a voice!

July 7, 2014 Fire rips through Bentley Hutterite pig barn, killing over 4,000

Comment: The unbearable fear and terror these pigs must have felt being trapped and helpless in cruel quarters is unfathomable. And then the audacity and cold-heartedness of the fire services coordinator to refer to them as objects - “anything”, “not sure if they can be used later,” – commodities for human utility. They were living, feeling beings!! No sorrow at all - a complete disconnect. Sadly, exploiting animals is so ingrained in our culture that most of us are untouched as to these tragedies. The repercussions are great.

Let me say it openly: we are surrounded by an enterprise of degradation, cruelty, and killing which rivals anything the Third Reich was capable of, indeed dwarfs it, in that ours is an enterprise without end, self-regenerating, bringing rabbits, rats, poultry, livestock ceaselessly into the world for the purpose of killing them. J. M. Coetzee

August 12, 2014 300 cows die in Quebec barn fire

January 19, 2015  Yet more barn fires claim innocent lives. It’s a harrowing way to die and enabled by factory farming. In southern Ontario, a massive barn fire killed hundreds of pigs, while in Todd County, Minnesota, about 19,000 4-week-old turkey chicks were killed. (Sources: The London Free Press & KARE 11 News)

March 25, 2015 1,500 hogs die in barn fire at Manitoba pork producer HyLife; please sign petition

March 31, 2015 Pigs, sheep die in barn fire near Keswick 

Ontario: More lives lost in yet another barn fire. Two pigs and a number of sheep perished as fire tore through the building on Ravencrest Road near Keswick. Source: CTV News

June 14, 2015 Fire destroys Richelieu Valley dairy barn

More than 200 dairy cows were killed in a late night fire in St-Denis-sur-Richelieu, south of Montreal. The fire began around 10 p.m. in a barn that housed about 250 animals. Barely a dozen of the cows survived. Source: CBC News

Comment: How these cows must have panicked and suffered before succumbing to a horrible death. Why haven't the fire codes been updated? If so many human lives were lost, you can bet charges would be laid.

Green Oaks Dairy Farm fire battled by multiple crews

June 29, 2015 CBC News excerpt (Nova Scotia)

It's a devastating day for a family in Colchester County operating a dairy farm in Green Oaks after a fire broke out shortly after 9 a.m. on Monday. Firefighters from eight departments were called to the commercial dairy barn, about 20 kilometres south of Truro, after the Green Oaks Dairy Farm caught fire. More than six tanker trucks hauled in water from several kilometres away at the Shubenacadie River. 

The milking herd didn't make it out of the barn, which has since collapsed. The number of cattle that died has not been confirmed. Some heifers were in a separate area and survived. Family members and friends consoled each other near the charred remains of the building.

Just in the past year, almost 60,000 animals have burned alive in barn fires in Canada

Fire destroys barn with 430 turkeys at Rockport Hutterite Colony

August 27, 2015 Lethbridge Herald excerpt

A new barn could rise this fall on the New Rockport Colony near New Dayton, to replace one lost to a fire Tuesday afternoon. An estimated 430 turkeys were lost during the blaze, but a colony elder says there were no injuries. Adjacent barns are used to raise broiler chickens and ducks as well as turkeys, the elder pointed out. “We’re fortunate that nothing further was lost.”

Comment: No injuries? How about the 430 turkeys who suffered an agonizing death? Time after time we hear of these tragedies, yet it’s still legal to cram animals into unsafe quarters with no accountability. Just last year about 4,000 pigs perished when fire tore through a Hutterite barn in Bentley, Alberta.

September 7, 2015 CTV News 22,000 chickens killed in Oxford County barn fire (Zorro Township, Ontario)

Comment: Yet another heartbreaking tragedy and nothing’s being done by the animal agriculture industry or our politicians to prevent such calamities. As individuals, we can boycott the industry.

September 28, 2015 Yet another tragic consequence of factory farming. Two large barns in the Bradner community of Abbotsford holding an indeterminate number of chickens burned to the ground. The cause of the fire is unknown. Update: Up to 60,000 chickens dead! Isn’t this enough for us to come to our senses and end this madness? In 2012, 18,000 chickens perished in a 50x300-foot barn on Ross Road in Abbotsford.  

October 13, 2015 In the news again – a barn fire. This time it claimed the lives of 300 sheep as well as some cattle and pigs in Haldimand county, Southern Ontario. (Source: chch.com)

January 4, 2016 Brome Lake Ducks fire could have been worse, says Valcourt, Que., fire chief. A fire that killed 50,000 Pekin ducks on New Year's Day in Quebec's Eastern Townships could have been twice as bad, according to the local fire chief. When firefighters from the Valcourt, Que., fire department reached the building, they were faced with a stressful situation. There were two buildings: one, completely ablaze, and the other, full of 50,000 live ducks. Fortunately, the flames did not reach the second building with another 50,000 ducks inside. (Source: CBC News)

Comment: These poor ducks, tightly crammed together, were the victims of grotesque inhumanity and profound suffering that is standard throughout the animal agriculture industry.   

January 15, 2016 News media stories report 13 horses have perished in a Mount Forest, Ont., barn fire. A person who answered the telephone at the Mount Forest property said all horses were Arabian. This fire follows one on January 4 at Classy Lane Stables in Puslinch, southern Ontario, in which 43 standardbred horses died in a stable fire. Co-owner Jamie Millier said the economic impact reached deep into the close-knit, horse-oriented community. Comments like this one speak volumes about those in the horse racing industry. No concern was expressed about the horrific manner in which their lives ended. Additionally, the only fire prevention equipment in the building were some fire extinguishers.

Every year thousands of farm animals, including over 140,000 last year alone, die in barn fires that could have been averted. Common sense should dictate that proper fire safety and prevention measures are mandatory for all barns before we hear of another deadly tragedy.

January 17, 2016 About 500 milking goats perished in a barn fire near Delaware in Middlesex Centre, Ontario. Another 30 head of cattle also died. The fire moved quickly, leaving these poor animals no chance to survive. Meanwhile, owners collect insurance for their losses. Why isn’t industry being held to account?

While the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office does not gather records of animal injuries/deaths in fires, it does, however, document annual barn fire information. One-hundred-fifty barn fires were recorded for the year 2014. Of these barn fires, 45 per cent involved animals. In 2013 and 2012, records were very similar and no red flags jumped out from any of the statistics.

January 19, 2016 Outrageous! At least 2,000 pigs have been killed following a barn fire in North Middlesex, north of London, Ont., early Tuesday morning. Demand government take action & make proper fire prevention systems mandatory in all barns. In reality, the entire system of using animals as resources is wrong. It’s time to end it. 

January 23, 2016 No sooner had we written to politicians and other relevant agencies regarding barn fires, we hear of yet another one. Just north of Stratford, close to 200 of the approximately 2,000 pigs inside did not make it out alive.

February 1, 2016 In St. Thomas, Ontario it’s been reported that 85 dairy cows perished in a barn blaze, while 10 or 15 cows escaped.

In response to our recent email to politicians and other relevant agencies on this matter, we received a reply from the NFACC. It was stated that the codes fall outside of the NFACC’s mandate and that the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) would need to initiate an update to requirements for farm buildings.

February 19, 2016 A barn fire near Hensell, Ontario, has left 300 sows dead, along with 700 smaller pigs. These fires must be thoroughly investigated by the Fire Marshall to determine cause. If the fire and consequent animal suffering were caused by negligence, animal cruelty charges must be considered.  

February 25, 2016 Yet another barn fire has killed 50 cows and 20 calves, this time in Brockton, Ontario. Will there ever be justice for the innocents? Man’s inhumanity is staggering.

April 1, 2016 Yet another tragedy. This time 25 sheep perished in a P.E.I barn fire. Fire chief, Jason Blackman said there was no way they could have got the sheep out of the 40-by-50 square foot barn alive. And on March 27th, 44 cows lost their lives after a powerful blaze tore through a Maryhill, Ontario dairy barn.

April 19, 2016 At least 100 cows perish in $1M fire at Tecumseh dairy farm. The fire started with a straw shredding machine that makes straw finer for the cows’ bedding. Approximately 225 cattle were inside, said Tecumseh fire prevention officer Bob Hamilton. In a subsequent news item, firefighters relay how they struggle with the effects of such a traumatic and catastrophic event.

May 30, 2016 About 50 cows perished in yet another deadly barn fire, this time just north of Waterloo, ON.

July 17, 2016 (ON) Around 50 cows were killed in a massive blaze that consumed a barn on a Thorold farm. Firefighters managed to get some 20 cows out. The rest died in the fire, and cows could be heard screaming as the blaze consumed the barn. (Source: Global News)

August 10, 2016 A massive fire at Harman Poultry north of Prince Albert, Sask., kills 7,500 egg-producing hens. Cam Broten, executive director of the Saskatchewan Egg Producers, said “people don't need to be concerned a shortage of eggs on grocery store shelves.” Sadly, sentient beings are regarded as mere production units for the industry.

January 31, 2017 According to various media outlets, an estimated 4,000 pigs were killed in a massive barn fire near Sarnia, Ont. For years, politicians have declined to take action and mandate barn codes be updated. Sadly, powerful industry interests take precedence over animal welfare. In the race to the bottom, animal agriculture wins, hands down. Consumers can make a difference by boycotting such inhumanity.

February 13, 2017 Another day, another heartbreak in the inhumane, immoral, and brutal animal agriculture industry. Between 5,000 - 6,000 chickens have perished as a result of a massive fire that broke out at a farm in Abbotsford, B.C., Monday morning. The blaze tore through one barn and damaged another on Tolmie Road. The 5,000 chickens in the second fire survived.    

February 15, 2017 47 cows are dead after fire ripped through a barn on a Gatineau dairy farm early this morning. They died of smoke inhalation. A total of186 cows were housed in three barns when the fire broke out. Politicians have repeatedly declined to take action and mandate barn codes be updated. Surely, they bear some responsibility for these tragedies.

March 8, 2017 1,000 animals die in fire at pig farm in Saint-Robert in the Montérégie, Quebec.

March 24, 2017 Roughly 500 pigs perished in barn fire in Seaforth, ON. “Huron East fire chief Marty Bedard said the floor heated up-it then melted-resulting in several pigs falling into the manure held underneath the barn.” Horrific.

June 6, 2017 Roughly 7,000 to 10,000 chickens have perished in a barn fire in the 4100-block Ross Rd. of Abbotsford. Firefighters saved a second barn. Update: The death toll has now risen to 25,000.
This same farm had a similar fire in 2012 when approx. 18,000 trapped hens tragically lost their lives!! Suspicious? A thorough investigation must be carried out.

We’ve once again contacted politicians and other officials reminding them that producers are compensated by government subsidies, bailouts, taxpayer dollars, and insurance. This government, and previous ones, have been shameful in their abdication of duties, working alongside powerful corporate interests, while setting aside animal welfare reforms.

June 9, 2017 Almost 4,000 pigs burned to death in the evening hours of June 8, trapped in a barn in Manitoba. The barn was located in “hog alley” near Bothwell, in southeast Manitoba — the same area currently experiencing an outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED). The timing and location of this most recent barn fire is certainly raising eyebrows, causing many to ask whether producers, faced with an expensive quarantine and clean up, are instead taking their chances with insurance. It could very well be. Something’s not sitting right.

August 1, 2017 An estimated 1,000 piglets are dead after a barn fire in Oxford, county, SW Ontario and days later, on August 10th, approximately 4,000 pigs tragically lost their lives. The Canadian agricultural sector, the Canadian Codes Centre, and our government all bear responsibility for their failure to provide even minimal protections for farmed animals in this country.  

Some interesting reading: Corporate Hog Barns and the Threat to Public Health, the Environment and Rural Communities.

October 26, 2014 - US News Truman, Minnesota: Roughly 4,000 sows and 6,000-7,000 piglets were killed in a massive barn fire. Earlier this month, a fire in a North Carolina factory farm killed 4,200 piglets.

Sadly, factory farm fires are not one-time incidents. Over 400,000 animals have needlessly died this year alone in factory farm fires. (Source: HSUS)

January 19, 2015  Yet more barn fires claim innocent lives. It’s a harrowing way to die and enabled by factory farming. In southern Ontario, a massive barn fire killed hundreds of pigs, while in Todd County, Minnesota, about 19,000 4-week-old turkey chicks were killed. (Sources: The London Free Press & KARE 11 News)

Comment: While producers are compensated by government, taxpayer dollars, and insurance, these animals suffered enormously before perishing, and most people will think nothing of it. Think again; show you care by adopting a lifestyle that is free of animal products. Animals are not commodities and it’s time we stopped treating them as such.