Two hundred pigs died in the latest factory farm fire in Manitoba. The fire happened yesterday. Firefighters were called out to a farm that housed 1600 pigs. Two hundred sows died in the inferno. Just the other day, I blogged about the infamous "horror farm" in Manitoba, where hundreds of pigs starved to death after being neglected for a prolonged period. Shortly after the appalling discovery of countless pigs who had starved to death, the "horror farm" burned to the ground. Then came yesterday's fire, which caused $300,000 in damages. The farm is "salvageable," according to observers. (Source)
Readers of this blog might also recall my Blog Entry of May 29 about my column in The Waterloo Region Record on the rash of factory farm fires across Canada. At the time I wrote that column, the end of May, 78,466 animals had perished in factory farm fires just since January 1, 2010. That figure has already skyrocketed, especially with the 32,000 broiler hens who perished in a factory farm fire in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Why haven't these factory farm fires caused more outrage? These animals are dying the most violent deaths imaginable. This ghastly state of affairs has to change, or else Canada will develop a reputation as a country that treats its animals horribly.