Pork Industries Squealing did more harm than Good

Pork Industries Squealing did more harm than Good

Postby Oscar » Fri May 12, 2017 8:10 am

Pork Industries Squealing did more harm than Good

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May 6, 2017 Elli Garlin / THE CANADIAN PRESS files

The prosecution of animal-rights activist Anita Krajnc made headlines around the world.

The unanswered question in the case of the thirsty pigs making headlines last week remains: where was the industry’s leadership?

In a case that should never have gone to court, an Ontario judge ruled against the notion giving water to pigs in the back of a truck on their way to slaughter breaks the law.

Animal-rights activist Anita Krajnc was charged with mischief and interfering with personal property in June 2015, after a vitriolic exchange with a truck driver — all captured on video and posted to YouTube — as she poked her water bottle in through the sides for pigs on their way to slaughter at a plant in Burlington, Ont.

Krajnc, who works for a group that promotes a vegan lifestyle, routinely stands vigil at the site as trucks line up to enter the plant. There are multiple videos posted of bystanders offering bottled water to what appear to be heat-stressed pigs.

On that day, one driver took them on, getting out of the truck and yelling at her to stop.

"They’re not humans, you dumb frickin’ broad!" the driver shouts.

Krajnc yells back: "Show some compassion."

He threatens to slap the water bottle out of her hand and says he is calling 911 — making the activists happier than a proverbial pig in poop.

There are, of course, two sides to this unpleasant exchange. The driver didn’t know what was in that water bottle and whether it would potentially interfere with the marketability of the pigs drinking it.

However, the pigs, which can’t sweat and which are prone to heat stress, were eagerly consuming the water offered to them.

After a prolonged legal process and a six-day trial that attracted international headlines, Ontario Justice D.A. Harris dismissed the charges, saying the Crown had not proven Krajnc committed a crime.


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