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    Feb 10, 2014
      United Poultry Concerns - http://www.UPC-online.org/
      10 February 2014

      Farmed Animals Need Protection from Preventable Fires

      Change.org Petition to the National Fire Protection Association:
      Please Sign & Share

      http://www.change.org/petitions/national-fire-protection-association-farmed-animals-need-protection-from-preventable-fires

      (http://upc-online.org/welfare/s_and_r_egg_farm_la_grange_wi.jpg)
      S&R Egg Farm, La Grange, WI Photo: WGN.org, Feb. 2, 2014

      United Poultry Concerns Petition to the National Fire Protection
      Association

      Imagine the horror: 300,000 egg-laying hens, trapped in one of 14
      buildings, died in a massive fire at the S&R Egg Farm in La Grange,
      Wisconsin January 31, 2014. Preventable fires are frequent in farmed
      animal housing facilities in which thousands of chickens, turkeys, pigs,
      dairy cows and other animals are helplessly confined and totally
      unprotected from fires because agribusiness refuses to install
      sprinklers and smoke control systems.

      For example in 2012, more than 600,000 farmed animals – mainly chickens
      and turkeys – died in fires in commercial housing facilities in the
      United States, and these are just the publicly reported fires.

      Responding to the tragedy of unprotected farmed animals, in 2012, the
      National Fire Protection Association – "the authority on fire,
      electrical, and building safety" – passed an amendment recommending that
      all newly-constructed farm animal housing facilities be equipped with
      sprinklers and smoke control systems. NFPA Technical Committee member,
      Joe Scibetta, pleaded to the committee:

      "When caught in a fire, animals don't understand why they can't breathe
      or why they are in such agony. They do, however, perceive and are
      conscious of the terrible sensations of burning, suffocation, and pain.
      . . . In commercial animal housing facilities, when we confine animals
      to suit human purposes, we have an obligation to secure fire protection
      for them, especially due to the fact that in most of the recent . . .
      animal housing fire cases, humans were not on hand to effect rescue."

      Unfortunately, the agribusiness lobby for the poultry and egg, dairy,
      pork and beef industries killed the amendment claiming that fire
      protection installations would cost too much. Despite overwhelming
      initial support for the amendment to protect farmed animals from
      preventable fires, some members of the NFPA's Technical Committee
      listened to the agribusiness lobby, and changed their vote.

      Please sign this petition urging the National Fire Protection
      Association to pass an amendment mandating the owners of farmed animal
      housing facilities to install sprinklers and smoke control devices to
      protect chickens and other farmed animals from preventable fires.

      Thank you.

      United Poultry Concerns
      www.upc-online.org

      UPC's National Fire Protection Association campaign for farmed animals
      http://www.upc-online.org/welfare/national_fire_protection_association.html

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      To: National Fire Protection Association

      1 Batterymarch Park
      Quincy, MA 02169-7471
      Tel: +1 617 770-3000
      Fax: +1 617 770-0700
      stds_admin@...
      publicaffairs@...

      I recently learned that 300,000 hens died in agony unable to escape when
      a fire broke out on January 31, 2014 destroying one of 14 buildings in
      which the hens were trapped at the S&R Egg Farm in La Grange, Wisconsin.

      As you know, thousands of chickens and other farmed animals die horribly
      each year trapped in buildings they cannot get out of, yet in 2012 the
      NFPA's commendable fire protection amendment, calling upon owners of
      farmed animals to install sprinklers and smoke control devices in all
      newly-constructed animal housing facilities, was withdrawn in response
      to agribusiness opposition.

      That is terrible! The NFPA is uniquely positioned to mandate fire
      protection installations for the largest number of sentient individuals
      victimized by preventable fires in the United States. As you are the
      world's leading advocate for fire prevention, I implore you to use your
      authority on behalf of millions of animals who cannot defend themselves
      in buildings from which they cannot escape and whose owners refuse to
      invest voluntarily in fire protection systems, but instead allow their
      animals to slowly burn and suffocate to death.

      As NFPA Technical Committee member, Joe Scibetta, pleaded in 2012:

      "When caught in a fire, animals don't understand why they can't breathe
      or why they are in such agony. They do, however, perceive and are
      conscious of the terrible sensations of burning, suffocation, and pain.
      . . . In commercial animal housing facilities, when we confine animals
      to suit human purposes, we have an obligation to secure fire protection
      for them, especially due to the fact that in most of the recent . . .
      animal housing fire cases, humans were not on hand to effect rescue."

      Please amend the 150 Standard for Fire & Life Safety in Animal Housing
      to require installation of sprinklers and smoke control systems in all
      newly-constructed animal housing facilities holding animals designated
      "Category B" by the NFPA. I count on you to do the right thing for these
      animals. Thank you.

      Sincerely,

      [Your name]

      http://www.change.org/petitions/national-fire-protection-association-farmed-animals-need-protection-from-preventable-fires

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