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AIC is going to lay low over the summer and come back revamped by fall.  Here are two unmitigated downers to mull over in the meantime.

Statistics . . .

On Friday, Manitou RCMP went to the property in the RM of Lorne. Officers discovered as many as 500 dead pigs, along with about 160 that were so sick that they had to be put down. Many of the animals were found living without proper food, water or ventilation.

 RCMP said evidence of “severe neglect” was observed. About 2,000 animals were rescued.

. . . tragedy.

I’m very sad to say that Sunny also had to be put down recently. Sunny was surrendered to the shelter back in August 2009, and he was a super-sweet, cuddly older boy. He was finally adopted in December, only to be returned two months later. He was clearly depressed to be back in the shelter, and his awesome personality quickly disappeared. He stayed in the corner, not moving, not interested in people. And then recently, he started biting people when they tried to pet him. Four months had passed since he’d been returned, it was clear no one was going to adopt him, he was depressed and he was going to hurt someone.

Alarming regularity

Andrew Hunt of We’re All Animals on barn fires.

Barn fires happen with alarming regularity in Canada. We could sit here and crunch death-toll figures, but numbers never tell the whole story.

To comprehend the horror these animals experience in the final moments of their lives, you have to imagine what it’s like to be caught inside one of these blazes.

In the May 7 fire, spreading flames and searing heat likely triggered thousands of deafening screams. About 1,600 sows caught fire inside of cramped gestation crates. In the intense heat, many of the pigs split open while still alive and their internal organs spilled out. Some stressed pigs tried to bite their way through metal bars. Not one pig survived.

Eye on costs

Manitoba hog producers worried about costs of changes to building codes.

The activist group Canadians for the Ethical Treatment of Food Animals supports stricter industry-wide building codes, saying thousands of animals have died over the years in hog barn fires.

But while the animal rights group says contemplated changes to the code don’t go far enough — Manitoba’s hog producers say while they’re to make changes, they also have to keep an eye on costs.

“If we put the cost too high then you’re going to put the producers out of business,” said Manitoba Pork Council chairman Karl Kynoch.

Coincidence

Two stories from Manitoba published on May 7.  One on the disappearance of hog barns . . .

Karl Kynoch, chair of the Manitoba Pork Council, says although the mass exodus has slowed up, now it’s the tearing down of the barns themselves that’s alarming.

“We’ve gone through the worst economic crisis in the history of the hog industry, so some of the reasons are for financial reasons,” Kynoch said. “Producers don’t want to pay the taxes or insurance on facilities that they may never see filled again, so they’re tearing them down.”

. . . and another on the disappearance of a hog barn.

The massive hog barn fire near Zhoda, south of Steinbach, on Friday was at least the fourth large hog barn blaze within a 10 mile radius over the past 2 years. 7,500 animals were killed at Sandy Pines farm on Friday. The barns were owned by Provista.

5,000 animals were killed at Hytek’s Silverado operation in a fire in May of 2008. A month later, 7000 hogs died in a fire at Blue Ribbon swine farm near Zhoda. In July of 2009, 7500 animals perished in a blaze at Four Pines farm, also near Zhoda.

With thanks to Twyla Francois of Canadians for the Ethical Treatment of Food Animals.


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