In chapter 4, news about the Rebellion spreads throughout the countryside, and animals from neighboring farms begin singing Beasts of England. While the other farmers sympathize with Mr. Jones's dire situation, they secretly hope to take advantage of his recent misfortunes. The neighboring farmers fear that their own animals will learn about the recent Rebellion and attempt to revolt like the animals of Animal Farm.
In order to prevent their own animals from rebelling, the owners perpetuate the belief that animals on Animal Farm are rapidly starving to death. As time passes and the animals on Animal Farm are still living, Frederick and Pilkington begin to spread rumors about the terrible wickedness that flourishes on Animal Farm. The owners spread false rumors about cannibalism, torture using hot branding-irons, and sexual promiscuity happening on Animal Farm.
Unfortunately for the owners, their animals do not believe the false rumors surrounding Animal Farm, and the truth about the animals' success circulates throughout the neighboring farms. Orwell writes that a "wave of rebelliousness" sweeps through the countryside as the animals from neighboring farms begin harassing their owners.