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Belgian firefighters have gassed 20,000 chicks which were suffocating in a baking-hot cargo container on the tarmac at Brussels Airport.

A flight that was due to take the chicks to the Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday was canceled.

The gassing took place late on Sunday after the exporter refused to take the container back, Belgian media said.

The article goes on to state the following:

Airport firefighters did not want to do it, so a team was called in from nearby Zaventem to end the birds’ suffering.

A spokeswoman for the Flemish animal welfare authorities, Brigitte Borgmans, said some chicks had died by Sunday evening, so “we sent a vet to the scene and he decided to put them out of their misery”.

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