Sunday March 20, 2016

Is it a crime to give a pig water on a hot day?

Anita Krajnc was charged with criminal mischief when she pushed a water bottle into a truck-load of pigs on their way to slaughter.

Anita Krajnc was charged with criminal mischief when she pushed a water bottle into a truck-load of pigs on their way to slaughter. (CBC)

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To eat or not to eat animals. We have been debating the idea for more than two thousand years. But in the last 50 years the rights of animals have moved from the realm of philosophy to our dining room tables...and the streets.

Today, a third of Canadians eat much less meat than they used to - or no meat at all. Some on the advice of their doctor; but an increasing number are saying they can't support an industry whose practices they regard as cruel.

The Crime: Compassion

Believe it or not, the woman in this video, Anita Krajnc, is being criminally charged for this very incident, when she gave water to exhausted pigs during a scorching hot day in June this year.Yesterday was the first court appearance of the Toronto Pig Save co-founder. Here is the press release released by the organization:Compassion Isn’t CriminalAnimal Rights Activist to Appear in Court on Charges of Giving Water to Thirsty PigsOn October 14th, animal rights activist Anita Krajnc will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Milton, Ontario, on charges of criminal mischief and interference with property. These charges were filed after Ms. Krajnc offered water to overheated and thirsty pigs on board a transport truck outside Fearman’s Pork Inc. slaughterhouse in Burlington.Activists will hold a demonstration outside the Milton courthouse (491 Steeles Ave E) on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 8 am, the morning of Ms. Krajnc’s court appearance.Thousands of people across this country and across the world give water to thirsty animals every single day. From shop clerks offering water to thirsty dogs to homeowners providing birds with birdbaths.Yet over 8 million farmed animals die each year in this country as a direct result of our outdated transportation regulations. Canada has the worst transportation regulations in the Western World, worse than Australia, New Zealand, the European Union and the United States.“Offering water to a thirsty pig is an act of compassion. It is not only a right, but a duty we all share. Causing the pigs to suffer in the first place is what is wrong,” said Anita Krajnc, an organizer with Toronto Pig Save. “I face these criminal charges with dignity, knowing that truth and justice are on my side.”Ms. Krajnc is represented by counsel James Silver and Gary Grill.For more information, please contact: torontopigsave@gmail.com

Posted by Best Video You Will Ever See on Thursday, 15 October 2015

When the thermometer hit 28 degrees last summer, Anita Krajnc pushed a water bottle into a truck-load of pigs on their way to slaughter. Krajnc was charged with criminal mischief. Public outrage and concern over animal welfare blew up, and Krajnc became an international hero. 

Karin Wells brings us Krajnc's story in her documentary, "They're Not Human, You Dumb Frick'in Broad!"