Editor’s Note: I’m sure it occurs to many that the chickens were going to die a horrible death the following day. That’s irrelevant to the flagrant disregard for the lives of chickens- and all animals held captive on factory farms. These little guys, barely teen-agers in age, died a horrible death on this day! Gaseous ammonia in poultry farms is a huge, toxic issue for the farms and even surrounding areas. Turning off the electric fans suddenly so the chickens “start to die in 15 minutes” means they were gagging on gaseous ammonia, dust and feathers before struggling for one last gasp of air for that 15 minutes. Imagine the terror they felt. They all slowly choked to death on their own feathers and the ammonia from the urine of 70,000 chickens.
The USDA says:
“Poultry houses generate dust, odor and ammonia that are expelled from the houses by ventilation systems. Gaseous ammonia can affect plants, animal and humans from up 15’ away. Dust is linked to respiratory effects in poultry workers¹, and can be a nuisance for neighbors who live near farms. Ammonia emitted from poultry houses has been linked to degradation of both air and water quality in the area.” These feathered friends were at ground zero and unable to fly or run.
Source: NBC News
A man wandering around a Delmar, Md., poultry farm in a drunken stupor turned off the power to three chicken houses, causing the deaths of nearly 70,000 chickens, sheriff’s officials said. The property owner Mark Shockley, a Delmar farmer, who made the grisly discovery found the man, identified as Joshua D. Shelton, 21, of Delmar, Md., passed out on the floor of the power control shed, wearing only a T-shirt and boxer shorts. “This subject was also lying in a pool of his own urine. A strong odor of alcohol was also coming from the subject,” Wicomico County sheriff’s Lt. Tim Robinson said in a press release.
“Shelton advised the last thing he remembered was being on the property after a nearby concert but did not know how he ended up in the shed. The deputy surmised that in his intoxicated state, Shelton turned off the circuit breakers that controlled the electricity to the chicken houses,” Robinson said. Shelton was arrested and booked into jail on charges of second-degree burglary, trespass and malicious destruction of property and animal cruelty.
The property owner discovered the dead chickens Saturday morning. He told investigators that without power, the chickens will begin to die within 15 minutes. The birds, which were due to be delivered to a local processing plant the following day, were valued at $20,000.
Allen Farms, which was going to process the birds, estimated its loss at $220,000, said sheriff’s Chief Deputy Gary Baker.“Quite frankly, he was probably in a condition where he really didn’t know what he was doing,” Baker said.
Baker said he’s heard of flocks of chickens dying due to natural occurrences such as drought and heat waves, “but never anything like this manmade that we can remember.” “I have never heard of a drunkard going in and killing chickens,” he told DelmarvaNow.com. “This is a new one on me, and it’s unfortunate that it occurred.”
Source: Odracirys Mediys Blog
This article is disturbing on many levels. The first is the fact that around 70,000 chickens died. But that’s not the worst part. You see, they were going to die the next day anyway, most likely in even more gruesome circumstances, which is the common way of killing (I mean, “processing”) them.
The most disturbing admission is that instead of regarding the approximately 70,000 chickens killed as sentient beings, the whole article is about “property damage”, with figures on how much the companies lost due to the destruction of their inventory.
Would this article bother you?:
“August 29th, 1745: A slave ship sank off the coast of West Africa, killing 26 men, and destroying its cargo of 248 head of black people worth upwards of 1,000 doubloons.”
Maybe you can see how that attitude towards animals bothers me. And I hope that this article about chickens would bother most people living. Aww… Too bad. Some companies lost money. In the end, this is a massacre of tens of thousands of sentient beings.
70,000 more chickens have quietly died just in the United States in the time it took you to read this.
9 billion killed per year / 365 days = 24,657,534 killed per day
24,657,534 / 24 = 1,027,397 killed per hour
1,027,397 / 60 = 17,123 killed per minute
17,123 x 4 = 68,493 killed every 4 minutes