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Fire at German pig farm kills 55,000 animals

The fire broke out on March 30 at the facility in Alt Tellin, in Germany’s north-eastern corner
 
Associated Press Reporter

A fire at a pig-breeding facility in north-eastern Germany is believed to have killed more than 55,000 animals, the operator said.

The fire broke out on Tuesday March 30 at the facility in Alt Tellin, in Germany’s north-eastern corner.

It spread quickly, in part through ventilation shafts, and destroyed the stalls where the animals were kept.

The cause of the blaze remains unclear.

A spokesman for operator LFD Holding, Ralf Beke-Bramkamp, told German news agency dpa that more than 55,000 animals died.

Some 7,000 sows and 50,000 piglets were listed as being at the facility at the time, and only about 1,300 animals were rescued.

The Alt Tellin facility was one of the biggest of its kind in Germany.

Groups of demonstrators, carrying placards with slogans such as “Stop animal torture”, gathered at the scene yesterday.

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