5,000 pigs killed in Ohio barn fire

Published: Jun. 20, 2018 at 7:51 AM EDT
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Nearly 5,000 pigs are dead after a large fire at a swine farm.

According to the Fayette County Sheriff's office, the fire broke out at the farm Tuesday afternoon.

Fayette County is in between Dayton and Columbus. The fire quickly spread throughout the barn, destroying the building and killing all of the pigs inside.

Ten fire departments responded to the call. A cause is still under investigation.

Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, released the following statement: "Our hearts go out to the approximately 5,000 pigs who died in confinement in the massive pig farm fire in Fayette County, Ohio on Tuesday. Over the course of Farm Sanctuary's 30-plus year history, we've taken in many animals who were injured in fires at CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) such as this industrial animal agriculture facility. It's important to recognize that our current factory-farming system exists because of the demand for cheap meat, eggs, and milk, and animals in these systems are seen only as profit-making objects — not the sentient beings we know and love here at Farm Sanctuary. And sadly, we've seen, barn fires like these occur far too often, causing countless animals to lose their lives in the most horrific of ways. If you'd like to help prevent this kind of animal cruelty, please consider decreasing your consumption of animal products."

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