(CA/US) Factory Farm Fires Claim 10,000 Pigs in Three Weeks
- [NewsBlaze - opinion]
By Martha Rosenberg
One of the worst parts of incarceration, many say, is knowing if a
fire breaks out the guards aren't going to save you. They're not going
to rush back into the prison building and risk their lives. Why would
they? If your life had any value, you wouldn't be locked up in the
That's exactly what happened to 10,000 pigs who perished in factory
farm fires in Canada and Indiana in the past month.
8,700 pigs burned alive at Netley Hutterite Colony in Manitoba, Canada
about 30 miles north of Winnipeg on April 2.
On March 11, firefighters were called to Cardinal Farms Sow Farm, 55
miles northwest of Indianapolis, IN where 2,500 pigs were burned alive
as fire engulfed a hog farrowing and nursery barn.
Of course factory farms, with their uninterrupted rows of confined
animals and manure pits, are known to be harmful to the environment,
animals and people who live or work near them.
For the Netley Hutterite Colony and similar communities often targeted
by corporate farming interests, they are not even profitable.
Nor are barn fires new.
But only a factory farm can incinerate 10,000 pigs in a few hours in a
fire-as they wait, in vain, for their guards to rescue them.
Martha Rosenberg is Staff Cartoonist, Evanston Roundtable
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