Thousands of “laying” hens died an almost unimaginably horrific death when the barn that they were trapped in burned two days before Halloween. It was the first of three fires involving farmed animals in Ontario in just over a week. Three days later, 10 calves perished in a fire at a dairy farm near London, Ontario. Then, 70 cows and calves died when a fire swept through a barn at a dairy farm near Ottawa on Friday. That’s not even counting the suspicious fire at a hog farm in Manitoba that we told you about last week.
A concerned citizen visited the chicken farm and captured this footage of the hens, dead in their cages:
The farmer’s reaction to the carnage? He noted that neither the chickens nor the barn had any particular sentimental value and stated, rather unnecessarily, that “there won’t be any income from the hens, that’s for sure.”
Perhaps these hens’ deaths won’t have been entirely in vain if this tragic story convinces even one person with a heart slightly larger than a chicken farmer’s to swear off eggs.
Written by Alisa Mullins