Written by: Heather Clemenceau
In the last few months several devastating fires have made the news across Canada. For anyone who owns horses or manages farms, it’s terrifying to hear of a barn fire. Recently, we’ve all seen the horrifying aftermath of barn fires that killed 40 standardbred horses, 13 arabian horses, hundreds of chickens, milking goats, cows and in one fire alone – over 2,000 pigs in the news. Sadly, such tragedies are neither unexpected nor sufficiently shocking to alter the low standards of care permitted for these sentient, intelligent creatures. The horrific deaths of all these animals has callously been referenced in terms of “tonnage” in news articles.
There is a well-developed body of knowledge about preventing fires. The most obvious solution is to install sprinkler systems, which typically make all buildings safer. So why is there so much resistance by farms and agricultural businesses? The principal reason…
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