Thousands of chicks are gassed to death at Brussels airport

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Firefighters have gassed tens of thousands of chicks after they were left suffocating inside a baking hot cargo container at an airport. 

The 20,000 chicks were due to be flown to the Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday from Brussels Airport. 

But the flight was cancelled and the exporter refused to take the container back, according to Belgian media. 

Firefighters based at the airport did not want to carry out the gassing and a team was called in from nearby Zaventum to put the birds out their misery. 

The 20,000 chicks were due to be flown to the Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday from Brussels Airport. Stock image 

The 20,000 chicks were due to be flown to the Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday from Brussels Airport. Stock image 

The 20,000 chicks were due to be flown to the Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday from Brussels Airport. Stock image 

But the flight was cancelled and the exporter refused to take the container back, according to Belgian media

But the flight was cancelled and the exporter refused to take the container back, according to Belgian media

But the flight was cancelled and the exporter refused to take the container back, according to Belgian media

A spokesman for the Flemish animal welfare authorities, Brigitte Borgmans, said of the chicks had died by Sunday evening. 

She added: ‘We sent a vet to the scene and he decided to put them out of their misery.’

But the mass euthanasia was slammed by some Flemish MPs.

Hermes Sanctorum, an animal welfare campaigner, said ‘there’s no difference between Amazon parcels and animals.’

Jelle Engelbosche added: ‘We need to ask why living creatures are exported across the world like economic products.’