Chicken farm in flames

Activists Attempt to exploit ‘HEARTBREAKING’ fire which killed up to 125,000 chickens

GHOULISH activists had to be denied access to a burned out farm where up to 125,000 chickens died in a horror inferno.

Extremists from several animal rights organisations were told to stay off the property.

The were attempting to obtain footage to highlight what they claimed were “barbaric” conditions found in similar farms across America.

The massive blaze at the Kofkoff Egg Farm in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, needed more than 150 firefighters to get it under control.

Ed Hoffman, director of operations at Hillandale Farms Conn, which runs the farm said: “It’s heart-breaking for any farmer to experience this kind of loss, and we’re so thankful our employees were unharmed.

“Our attention and efforts are fully focused on the health of our hens.”

A local woman, said she was there to be a voice for the chickens on the farm.

She was told to stay off the property and a group remained on the side of the road for about 15 minutes yelling their concerns over the well-being of the chickens in 12 coops unaffected by the fire.

“We are here to try to make sure there are no survivors or birds injured from smoke inhalation,” a spokeswoman for the group said.

Lebanon Fire Marshal, Scott Schuett, said that the fire started in one of the electric motors that power conveyor belts that move chicken waste, food, water and eggs in and out of the coops.

No staff members were injured in the fire at the end of April but an estimated 80,000 to 125,000 chickens died.

The State Department of Agriculture announced that it has completed an inspection and found that all remaining animals were healthy.

Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky said: “The damage to the farm could have been much more extensive.

“I encourage all agricultural operations to work with their local public safety officials to develop an emergency-response plan.”

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