Also, according to PETA, such incidents are more common than we think. Every summer, "chicken-farm operators casually write off losses of birds because of their own deliberate failure to provide or maintain back-up generators or to employ emergency evacuation plans." However, since this happened in Cleveland County, animal cruelty laws also apply to chickens, and PETA has asked the county's district attorney to consider filing animal cruelty charges against the farm owners.
Some might think it's unnecessary to file any charges, because it is just an "accident." But it's important to keep in mind that chickens and all farm animals are living creatures that deserve to be treated as such.. the chickens should not have been confined without any ability to be mobile and cramped together so closely that just a few minutes without fanned-air would lead to a painful death through suffocation. I also question why electricity stopped running in the first place.. and why there are no back-up generators when this incident is not the first of its kind.