Ten young calves died in a barn fire in the Netherlands in the night of Monday to Tuesday. “Terrible! Motherless calves lost their lives in a stable fire,” Dutch animal welfare organization Eyes on Animals said on Twitter.
The fire broke out around three in the morning in a stable in the village of De Heurne. There were usually also horses in the stable of fifteen by twenty meters, but they were outside in the grazing area when the fire broke out.
Firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to an adjoining home. The cause of the fire is not yet known.
Barn fires happen often in the Netherlands, killing many animals. The reoccurring fires pose a serious risk to animal welfare in the country.
Large numbers of animals are frequently locked up in barns in the Netherlands, and fires can result in the loss of hundreds, sometimes even thousands, of animal lives in a single incident. The most common cause of barn fires is electrical failure.
In 2022, 42 barn fires were reported nationwide, killing over 130,000 animals. So far, in 2023, there have been 15 barn fires where pigs, horses, chickens, ducks, calves, sheep, lambs and rabbits lost their lives.