TRAGEDY: 300,000 Chickens Burned Alive

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by Ari Solomon / Mercy for Animals

In a heartbreaking turn of events, an egg farm in La Grange, Wisconsin was consumed by a four-alarm fire Friday night killing nearly 300,000 birds.

S&R Egg Farm, which owns 800 acres of farmland is home to 2.4 million egg-laying hens.

This event is truly horrific, but what’s also disturbing is hearing the news reporter in the accompanying video claim that “there are no reports of any injuries.”

While it may be true that no humans were injured, we can only imagine the suffering experienced by the hundreds of thousands of birds that were engulfed by the flames.

And even without a fire, factory farms like this egg facility make life hell on earth for birds who are crammed into tiny battery cages — small, stacked wire cages in which each bird is given about the space of an iPad to live her entire life.

Check out this video from MFA’s undercover investigation at Sparboe Egg Farms and see for yourself:

The only way to ensure that scenes like this become a thing of a past is to avoid eggs altogether. For delicious egg-free recipes and tips on transitioning to a humane vegan diet, visit

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