Sunday 27 November 2022

2,000 pigs die in latest factory farm fire, new safety plans underway

Pigs on a factory farm. Photo: Depositphotos

Some 2,000 pigs were killed in a fire at a factory farm in Mill, Noord-Brabant province on Wednesday night. The pigs were in two sheds destroyed in the place.

The fire brigade was able to save several hundred animals by moving them into two sheds which escaped the blaze.

The government is currently working on plans to improve fire safety at the country’s factory farms, many of which were built in the 1970s. The plans are due to be sent to parliament in early 2017.

According to economic affairs ministry figures, over a quarter of a million chickens have been killed in farm fires since 2012. Over 20,000 pigs died in fires over the same period.

Among the major fires: at least 60,000 chickens died in a fire in Waddinxveen last October, 15,000 were killed in August and 36,000 died at in a major fire in June.

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