BERLIN — A fire in a pig-breeding centre in northeastern Germany is thought to have killed more than 55,000 animals, the operator said Thursday.
The fire broke out on Tuesday in the centre in Alt Tellin, at Germany’s northeastern corner. It spread rapidly, in part through ventilation shafts, and ruined the stalls in which the animals were retained.
Some 7,000 sows and 50,000 piglets were recorded as being in the centre at the moment, and just roughly 1,300 animals were rescued.
The cause of the blaze remains cloudy. Police spokesman Andrej Krosse stated it was an “incredibly difficult” investigation along with a drone that has been being used to survey the ruined website.
The Alt Tellin centre was among the greatest of its type in Germany. Groups of demonstrators, carrying placards with slogans such as”Stop monster torture,” gathered at the scene on Wednesday.