A Pacific north-west storm-battered Canada, leaving thousands of farm animals dead and even more desperately in need of food and water.
The torrential rains dropped a month’s worth of water in some areas over the course of two days in Canada. This weather caused floods and mudslides, resulting in thousands of people having to evacuate their homes. One person has reportedly died, and many more are missing.
Abbotsford experienced the worst of the rain, being home to over 1,200 farms where most of British Columbia’s dairy, eggs, and meat comes from.
The flooding caused a severe animal welfare crisis as hundreds of farm animals drowned in the flooded farms, while many more were either injured or stranded.
Many farmers tried to tow their livestock to higher ground but simply ran out of time. Aerial views and video calls revealed the true devastation of the situation as bars are suspected to be filled with deceased livestock.
Veterinarians are trying to find routes to get to injured animals, but the land is still highly flooded and difficult to travel through. Many animals that are stranded are in dire need of medical attention as well as food and clean water.
This is a horrible situation and heartbreaking for everyone involved as there was no way to rescue all of the livestock animals. Many died while still locked in the barns, while others were not able to be successfully rescued as the flooding grew worse.
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