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20,000 chickens killed in factory farm fire

Sunday 25 November 2012

Twenty thousand chickens were killed in a fire at a barn on a factory farm in Overijssel province at the weekend.

Firemen were able to prevent the blaze spreading to a nearby barn with a similar number of chickens, Nos television reported.

The fire led to the release of asbestos which blew into nearby fields and rendered the farmhouse uninhabitable. The farmer and his family have been moved to emergency accommodation.

Fires on poultry farms are not uncommon. Just over a week ago, some 48,000 chickens were killed in a fire at a factory farm in the Utrecht village of Hekendorp . In January, at least 18,000 chickens were killed in a fire in the province of Brabant when one of the four sheds burst into flames.

In July 2011, 170,000 died in a similar fire in Drenthe. In May last year, 20,000 perished in a fire near Utrecht, while 45,000 died in a fire in October 2010.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

I find this a form of Dutch comedy. Not a month goes by where I don't read about thousands of chickens dying in a fire. Really, it happens every month. You would think one of two things would happen. Farmers would figure out the common causes and correct them before the fire, or that the Dutch insurance companies would start offering a policy to protect against chicken genocide ;)

By Rick Kane | 25 November 2012 6:43 PM

This is becoming too regular. It clearly shows either insurance scam or regulations for factory farms are not working. Factory farms are abhorrent way to feed us. No wonder meat products are so poor quality in this country.

By Anne Onymous | 25 November 2012 11:54 PM

Insurance scam! Why is nobody doing anything about this?

By Nika | 26 November 2012 10:28 AM

20,000 chickens killed in factory farm fire. Most Unfortunate, has this anything to do with MacChicken being on offer?

By Terence Hale | 26 November 2012 3:38 PM

I wonder if this has anything to do with the rise in poultry products.

By Quince | 26 November 2012 5:04 PM

@Nika: exactly...squawk!!

(On the fiddle again?)

By The visitor | 26 November 2012 9:27 PM

Again? I bet it was not up to code, i.e. the new laws that came into effect in January.

By groverpm | 27 November 2012 3:17 PM

Pamela Lee Anderson is Vegan and a PETA activist. This is splimy Propaganda.Relax Guys. I strongly doubt the Philippines do Industrial Chicken Farming in the same scale or process. I dont see a reason why a local filipino farmer would bother investing a machine flattening a chicken's nose? It would only justify as an unecessary expense. Just watch Ating Alamin an agricultural tv show and you'll be updated on how farming is done here.AFAIK profitable chicken farms here do the 90 days cycle from chick to slaughter. In fact chickens never even touch the ground in their entire life. They are caged up and live individualy housed in a Coop, thats are raised a few feets above the ground in Stilts. Oh BTW chickens in the philippines is one of the safest in the world. We have no local cases of bird flue in our farms. I would be more wary of imported chicken.If you dont want to become Vegan and still would like to eat your chicken grown more humanely or splimy hate the industrial chicken farming methond. Go Buy Organic Free Range Chicken. Organic means all the feeds are all natural food with no pesticides and Free Range means the chicken are allowed to roam freely in the farm. But be prepared to pay a premium. They are not cheap.

By Roberto | 4 December 2012 9:36 AM

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