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Woman Faces Criminal Charges for Pig Encounter

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You be the judge.  Was she breaking the law with her actions?

Farm animals, whether they are organic, free-range raised or not, are all transported in crowded weather exposed trailers.  They roll “over the road” in summer temperatures over 100F degrees down to freezing temperatures in the winter.  Just like humans in those extreme temperatures the animals experience dehydration, heat stroke, hyperthermia and frostbite.

The laws are not on the side of the animals, some can legally be denied food, water, and rest for as long as 52 hours during transportation.  No wonder there are so many “downers” at the slaughter houses.  The entire animals for food industry from raising, transporting, slaughtering, processing and packaging needs to really be looked at by everyone in our society.

The little news that comes out exposes inhumane brutal treatment, unhygienic conditions causing recalls and complete destruction of the animal product, and environmental contamination of local resources.  It may seem overwhelming but each little act we can do to reduce horrific pain and suffering to other living feeling creatures is not in vain and each exposure gives others the opportunity to make changes for a difference in their life.

Read through the article that follows and share your thoughts.  Is she guilty and of what?

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Members of the Save movement give water to thirsty animals in transportation trucks. Photo: Louise Jorgensen/Toronto Pig Save

… Anita Krajnc approached a stationary slaughterhouse transportation truck … in the greater Toronto area. She squeezed water out of a bottle into the truck for the thirsty animals inside. The truck driver left his vehicle and told her to stop giving the pigs water. While Anita refused to stop, he told her, “No, you know what, these are not humans, you dumb frickin’ broad.” Anita repeatedly asked him to, “Have some compassion,” as the pigs continued guzzling up the water, and the truck driver threatened her, “You do it again, and I’ll slap it out of your hands.” Eventually, the driver returned to his truck and left without any physical altercation.

… a police officer came to Anita’s house to issue her a summons for the charge of criminal mischief for giving water to the pigs. Anita worried that members of her organization, Toronto Pig Save (TPS), might be intimidated by these charges. Instead, … more than 100 people came to … distribute water.

Anita … stated in a Facebook post, “Compassion isn’t criminal! 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. I face these criminal charges with dignity, knowing that truth and justice are on my side.” Members of TPS gathered at the courthouse to support Anita and plan to do so in even larger numbers for her next court appearance.

Anita’s charges raise important questions about our current food system. Pigs were recently recognized as outperforming dogs and matching the performance of chimpanzees in intelligence tasks. Although intelligence is a poor basis for moral consideration, it should make us stop and consider why we accept some animals into our altruistic circles but exploit others. All of these animals have a capacity for happiness and suffering much like we do.

Anita and other members of TPS work to bear witness to these suffering beings, spreading awareness of their plight and inspiring kind-hearted people to take action on their behalf, either through changing their eating habits, participating in activism, or other means.

According to the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals (CCFA), horses, pigs, and chickens are all allowed to be transported 36 hours without food, water, or rest. Cows and other ruminants have a 52 hour maximum, and transportation can be continued after only a 5 hour rest period. Transportation regularly leads to hunger and dehydration, exhaustion, and overheating.

In Toronto, the heat can soar over 100º Fahrenheit in the summer. In the winter, TPS has witnessed pigs facing frostbite and hypothermia in temperatures under 10º Fahrenheit. All sorts of farmed animals face these issues in transport, even ones from “free-range” or “humane” farms.

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For the full article visit Huffington Post

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