Machipongo, Va. July 31/PRNewswire/ Thirteen animal protection organizations filed an Appeal with the National Fire Protection Association on July 27, 2012
requesting that the NFPA approve and adopt Amendment 150, Standard on Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities requiring
sprinklers to be installed in farm animal housing facilities in which thousands of pigs, chickens, turkeys and other farm animals are trapped when fires
break out – a frequent occurrence. On August 7, United Poultry Concerns President Karen Davis will speak on behalf of the Appeal at the NFPA
Standards Council Meeting in Quincy, Massachusetts between 12 Noon and 1:00 PM.
In June, the NFPA commendably passed an Amendment of its 150 Standard requiring installation of fire protection systems, but an agribusiness
coalition appealed the decision claiming producers cannot afford to protect the animals whose lives they control by installing automated sprinklers.
With nearly one billion farm animals confined in U.S. facilities on any given day, the risk of fire-related tragedy is huge. Between March and July 2012
alone, 528,000 animals met this excruciating end – and these are just the publicly-reported cases.
In addition to causing unutterable pain, terror, and suffering to animals trapped in searing heat and choking smoke in the hyper-confinement buildings 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 Appeal. However, the primary issue in this matter is the basic moral obligation of producers toward the animals at their
“Farmers have an ethical duty to protect the animals whose lives they have exclusive control and responsibility over,” states United Poultry
Concerns President Karen Davis. “Installing sprinklers and smoke-control systems is a minimal, yet fundamental, part of that duty. We respectfully
urge the National Fire Protection Association to enforce this fundamental obligation by adopting the proposed Amendment requiring sprinklers and
smoke-control systems in farm-animal housing facilities.”
Undersigned organizations to this Appeal are: United Poultry Concerns, Animal Place, Animal Protection & Rescue League, Chicken Run Rescue, Chocowinity
Chicken Sanctuary, Compassion Over Killing, Farm Sanctuary, Free From Harm, Mercy For Animals, Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals, Sunnyskies Bird & Animal Sanctuary, and Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.
To view our Request for Approval of Amendment to NFPA 150 Requiring Sprinklers in Animal Housing Facilities, click on
United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl. http://www.upc-online.org/.