According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, about 5,000 pigs were burned alive in a massive barn fire in Wayne Township, Ohio.
Authorities say the fire started at around 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the Straathoff Swine Farm, about 45 miles southwest of Columbus, and destroyed two barns. The cause of the fire has not been determined.
Officials with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office say the fire spread quickly and caused heavy smoke and intense heat. Imagine how horrifying this must have been for the thousands of animals trapped in these barns.
All farmed animals feel fear and pain, just like the dogs and cats we love at home. But sadly, tragedies like this recent fire are incredibly common. Just last month a barn fire at an Ontario pig farm took the lives of more than 3,000 pigs. Countless animals perish every year in barn fires. In fact, more than 1,200 barn fires occur in the United States each year.
While there have been numerous efforts to force factory farms to install sprinklers to protect animals, the industry has pushed back, claiming these measures would be too costly. Clearly the meat industry cares only about profits.
Whether killed in a barn fire or a slaughterhouse, farmed animals are subjected to unspeakable cruelties: extreme confinement, brutal mutilations, and violent deaths.
See for yourself.
Thankfully, you have more power than you think. We can all withdraw our support from this cruel and destructive industry by ditching meat, dairy, and eggs in favor of healthy, humane alternatives.