Friday, March 4, 2016

Barn fires leave animal disposal challenge

Barn fires so far this year have left 300 tonnes of dead animal remains that required disposal. 

That’s more than the year-long total of 225 tonnes during 2015 and more than any year since 2012.

The toll includes 40 racehorses that died in a January fire near Cambridge, 2,000 hogs that died in a fire north of London and 90 dairy cattle that died in a fire in Elgin County.

"Right now, we're not taking these barn fires seriously at all as a society," said Anna Pippus, an animal rights lawyer who works with Animal Justice. "Everyone with a responsibility for these barn fires needs to get serious and come up with a concerted response."