150,000 chickens perish as Ibaraki poultry farm goes up in flames

IBARAKI —

Around 150,000 chickens perished after a fire erupted on a poultry farm in Bando City, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Wednesday afternoon and raged on into the evening, destroying three small buildings on the property by 6:30 p.m.

No people were injured, but the buildings that contained around 150,000 birds were razed.

Police said that the blaze continued into Thursday morning with more than 10 fire trucks on the scene.

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    KallyPygous

    120,000 birds in three small buildings? Those birds were lucky to have their misery ended.

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    Razor

    I can't imagine how 120,000 chicken can fit into three buildings. Conditions on that farm must have been terrible for the birds.

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    johnshiomi

    It's funny because in my town here in japan the same thing happened to a chicken farm. All the birds were toasted. Sad...

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    ogtob

    I smell insurance fraud.

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    Garrincha

    Fowl play?

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    Apsara

    Ah, someone got in with the "fowl play" just before me...

    Moderator: Readers, no jokes please.

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    Osakadaz

    120,000 chooks is no poultry figure.

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    kraharn

    im sorry for the chickens and the people who were supposed to be able to eat them.

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    Mookoo

    Factory farming is incredibly cruel, but profitable. Go to YouTube, and watch the video titled "Meet Your Meat". Narrated by Alec Baldwin.

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    Fadamor

    "Colonel" Harlan Sanders is shedding a tear up in heaven right now.

    Here in Virginia and Maryland out on the penninsula, there are massive chicken farms that supply companies like Tyson. I can easily believe the buildings housing the chickens contained 40,000 each. Here's a photo of the inside one of the Maryland houses: http://encarta.msn.com/media461538418/MarylandChicken_Farm.html

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    Fadamor

    Never mind, that link won't work. JT removed some of the underscores, for some reason. (there was one after "media" and one after "Maryland"

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    Altria

    It sucks, but dying in a fire is only marginally worse than what they were going to be put through anyway.

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    Fadamor

    Slowly suffocating in a smoke-filled room would be infinitely more painful than a death rendered in the slaughterhouse.

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    Apsara

    I see it's now 150,000 chickens- the death toll is rising...

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    sf2k

    Odd to report the word "perish" when they were going to be eaten anyway.

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    aj2o1

    burning to death is not funny, even for chickens.

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    Altria

    I hope they catch the basted who did this.

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    Mittsu

    I have heard that numbers of fatalities often inflated to claim more on the insureance policy.

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    sunny117

    Painful death for those who otherwise too were ultimately meant to land between two slices of bread.

    But from eco point of view, a big waste of food in these times.

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    Cicada

    Around 150,000 chickens perished after a fire erupted on a poultry farm... destroying three small buildings on the property

    So 150,000 chickens were in "three small buildings"? No wonder they perished.

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    onewrldoneppl

    damn, it must've smelled almost as good as when the marijuana storehouse burned down in tokyo, a few months back. smile

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    Freddy5

    50,000 chickens per building? What kind of conditions did they live and die in? Sounds awful.

    Insurance fraud? - there may be a nugget of truth in that.

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    cleo

    50,000 chickens per building? What kind of conditions did they live and die in? Sounds awful.

    If you demand cheap eggs and cheap meat, and happily munch on karaage and all the other delicacies the birds end up as, you're at least partly to blame for the profitability of these chicken factories.

    Moderator: Stay on topic please.

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    societymike

    I for one am very appreciative of these chicken farms and so is my belly and wallet.

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