1,300 Pigs Perish in Ontario Barn Fire (Mar 04, 2014)

1,300 Pigs Perish in Ontario Barn Fire

By Amanda Brodhagen,

**Developing story**

A barn fire in Huron County, Ont., has killed about 1,300 pigs on Tuesday morning.

The North Huron fire department attended to the blaze.

Early estimates have pegged the damage at more than $800,000.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but authorities say it is not believed to be suspicious.

Usually homes have fire alarms. Those animals had no chance of escaping and we need to do better. This is actually the exact time we should be talking about this. We can do better!
Posted by Fred Daughton on 4/4/2014 10:10:13 PM
Shelley, My heart goes out to the poor farmer and his family who have lost their farm. Yes I do feel bad that animals perished in this blaze as well. No one likes to hear about barn fires and the horrors that happen in any fire. However I must say that I am very disappointed that anyone would use the news of a barn fire to rant on animal rights. I am sure the owners of the farm did everything they could to prevent this from happening and feel just awful. So letss not start discussions like this on a day when they are hurting this bad. We can have that discussion on another day if you need to vent but your posting was in extreme poor taste
Posted by Harry on 3/7/2014 8:50:24 AM
Do you have a sprinkler in your home?
Posted by Lorne martin on 3/6/2014 10:24:00 AM
I am yet again sickened by the idea that a big business farm like this in Canada, has burned down and killed so many helpless animals. I have been less and less interested in eating meat products and when I hear about another horrific incident like this, it just reinforces what a good idea that would be. I do wonder why these farm operations cannot have barns made of metal and concrete only, and more importantly have sprinkler systems and fire alarm systems, to avoid such tragedies. We really have to be more thoughtful as a country and society to make sure that the animals we sacrifice for our wellbeing, have better lives while there are alive. I'm not sure why Canada, who could be a leader in such areas as animal welfare, falls so behind on this score. I like to think that what make a society great, is the way we treat those who cannot defend themselves, and that most certainly must include animals of all kinds. We never hesitate to use our animals for testing (including a great number of non-essential things), wearing as furs (there are many synthetic alternatives), and of course for eating (go vegetarian). We should say thank you to them everyday, for all that they unknowingly give us, and that means being kinder and gentler to them.
Posted by Shelley Templeton on 3/4/2014 6:47:53 PM
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