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60,000 Chickens Dead—Just Business as Usual?

Written by PETA | September 29, 2010

As many as 60,000 chickens died recently at Greenway Farms in Cleveland County, North Carolina, after a generator failure caused a fan to stop working in one of the chicken houses, leaving the smart, sensitive birds to suffer an excruciating death in the suffocating heat under intensive confinement.


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We’d like to say that this horrific incident is unusual, but it’s not—every summer, chicken-farm operators casually write off losses of birds because of their own careless failure to provide or maintain back-up generators or to employ emergency evacuation plans. But one thing is different in this case: Unlike many other jurisdictions, Cleveland County has cruelty-to-animal statutes that rightly apply to chickens—not just dogs and cats. So PETA has called on the county’s district attorney to look into this case and to carefully consider filing cruelty-to-animals charges against the owners of Greenway Farms.

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Written by Jeff Mackey

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  • Kenzie says:

    It is very sad that people dont care about chickens as much as they do about say a dog or a cat because thye rnt as cute or furry…this is horrible and no chicken or any animal shoudl ever have to suffer like chickens do 🙁

  • Kenady says:

    goshh that is horrific :/ I think that be worse then freezing to death!

  • keith says:

    On another sad note ! I read Tony Curtis has died., what a shame, I hope his Horse Rescue ranch in Nevada keeps caring for abused and abandoned equines., a project he ran with his wife.

  • BB says:

    Thank you PETA for taking action. But this kind of cruelty will continue as long as Americans continue to stuff their fat faces with dead animal.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    The book “Cujo” by Stephen King, is story about a St. Bernard dog gone rabid and killing several people in Maine during the hottest July on record.  The neighbor of Cujo’s owners, an egg farmer, was supposed to go and check the dog while the owner was out of town but  could not…because a generator blew in the henhouse, and he was trying to save his business by repairing the generator before his chickens were killed by the heat.  The description is graphic in true Stephen King style.  What a horrific way to go.

  • keith says:

    ” O ” F _ _ K will it never end..I do not apologise for the expletive..its pure frustration about Humanity….and all its evils.