|Sent on:||Tuesday, July 31, 2012 10:29 AM|
Dear Friends of Animals:
With nearly one billion farm animals confined in U.S. factory farms on any given day, the risk of fire-related tragedy is huge. Between March and July 2012 alone, 528,000 animals were burned to death – and these are just the publicly-reported cases.
APRL and twelve other organizations have submitted an appeal to the National Fire Protection Association asking that fire sprinklers be required in animal facilities. You can increase our appeal’s impact by expressing your own support for mandatory fire sprinklers in animal facilities – just send an email to [address removed]. You can read our letter here: http://tinyurl.com/d3pmkq4.
In addition to causing unutterable pain, terror, and suffering to animals trapped in searing heat and choking smoke in the factory farms they cannot escape from, a fire at a facility unequipped with fire protection systems typically causes losses in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Contrary to industry complaints that installing fire protection systems is too expensive, these systems will more likely save money in the long run, according to cost benefit assessments cited in the letter. However, the primary issue in this matter is the basic moral obligation of producers toward the animals at their mercy.
Please add your voice to the campaign to require fire sprinklers in animal facilities, and send an email in support of the measure to [address removed].