Ontario woman in hot water for providing cool water to pigs headed for slaughter


B00Mer
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Ontario woman in hot water for providing cool water to pigs headed for slaughter

TORONTO — On the eve of a court appearance, an Ontario woman is unapologetic about providing water to sweltering pigs in a truck on their way to the slaughterhouse on a hot day earlier this year.



TORONTO — On the eve of a court appearance, an Ontario woman is unapologetic about providing water to sweltering pigs in a truck on their way to the slaughterhouse on a hot day earlier this year.

Animal rights activist Anita Krajnc is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday to face a mischief charge following a protest in June with her group, Toronto Pig Save, in Burlington, Ont.

As she and a friend waited for the pigs on a roadway median, the truck pulled up hauling the animals from Van Boekel Hog Farms to Fearman's Pork slaughterhouse about 100 kilometres away. Krajnc gave water from a bottle to the animals through slats in the truck's trailer.

The truck's driver, identified as Jeffrey Veldjesgraaf in court documents, got out of the truck and began arguing with the two women. The confrontation was captured on video.

"Have some compassion, have some compassion!" Krajnc yells in the video to the truck driver.

"Let's call the cops," the driver says, holding his phone.

"Call Jesus," Krajnc says as she continues to allow the pigs to drink the water.

"Yeah, no. What do you got in that water?" he asks.

"Water," Krajnc says.

"No, no, how do I know?" he says.

"Trust me," she says.

"Don't put it in there again," he says.

"If this pig is thirsty, they'll have water," she says.

"You do it again and I'll slap it out of your hands," he says.

"Go ahead, if you want an assault charge, go ahead! Film this, film this, film this!" Krajnc yells.

The driver then gets back in the truck and drives away.

The farm's owner, Eric Van Boekel, filed a complaint with police the next day.

"They can protest all they want — they have the right of freedom of speech that thousands of soldiers have died for," Van Boekel told The Canadian Press in an interview Tuesday. "I have no problem with them protesting; just leave my stuff alone."

In mid-September, a Halton Regional police officer served Krajnc with a summons. She was formally charged with mischief under $5,000 in October.

"I think it's an outrageous charge and goes against my deepest philosophical beliefs in terms of what all our obligations are, and to me the most important thing in life is to be of service to others and to someone or some animal who is suffering," she said.

"I will not admit guilt to what I did — it's the right thing to do and we will continue to do it."

Van Boekel, meantime, vowed he "will go to the full extent of the law to stop them."

"If you're driving down the road and you have your window down and you come to an intersection and I feel you need some water or a drink, how would you feel if I stick my hands in your personal space?" Van Boekel said.

"Those animals are well provided for and well cared for."

Krajnc is equally defiant. She says she and her friends with Toronto Pig Save will be providing water to pigs on their way to the same slaughterhouse on Thursday, a day after making her court appearance in Milton.

source:: https://www.baytoday.ca/national/ont...laughter-72563

Little more info on Van Boekel

Newsroom : Two Oxford County Hog Farming Businesses and Director Fined $120,000 For Pig Manure Spills

Van Boekel Hog Farms
Address: 245455 Milldale Rd, Otterville, ON N0J 1R0
Phone: 519-879-9898
 
AnnaG
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People should be smacked hard for bringing foolishness like this to to attention of the courts. So the goofy PETAputz gives water to the pigs. I do not see the big deal. If anything you would think it was a good idea for the farmer even as the pigs would weigh more with water in them.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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She should just plead guilty and allow the judge to be lenient. I suspect he would minimize the fine as no real harm was done.
 
AnnaG
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That's pretty good.

I would still smack the farmer with contempt of court for such trivial crap ending up in my court, though.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Maybe swearing out an animal cruelty warrant would be a response?
 
AnnaG
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Maybe swearing out an animal cruelty warrant would be a response?

Apparently Canada's animal cruelty laws are pathetically weak.
 
petros
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Check into livestock protection laws.

That driver could have physically dragged her away from that truck using whatever force it requires and he walks away. She got lucky.
 
lone wolf
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I wouldn't take the chance. Pigs will drink antifreeze too.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Check into livestock protection laws.

That driver could have physically dragged her away from that truck using whatever force it requires and he walks away. She got lucky.

Perhaps in Canada. In most U.S. states, trespass to chattels can only be resisted by reasonable force. Considering she was doing no damage, that'd be a pretty low level.
 
tay
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On a scorching hot day in June 2015, I gave water to thirsty pigs on board a transport truck headed for the slaughterhouse. As the (now famous) video of the incident shows, the driver jumped out of the cab, telling me to stop. I replied with a reference to the Bible: “Jesus said, ‘If [they] are thirsty, give them water.’”

The driver shouted back, “These are not humans, you dumb frickin’ broad!”

He called the police, and now I’m on trial in a Canadian court for criminal mischief.

When someone is suffering, I believe it is wrong to look the other away. It doesn’t matter if the sufferer has two legs or four or asks for help in words we can understand or with body language that is just as easy to comprehend. Leo Tolstoy, an ethical vegetarian and one of my inspirations, wrote, “[W]e should take pity on animals in the same way as we do on each other. And we all know this, if we do not deaden the voice of our conscience inside us.”

The pigs I was trying to help on that fateful day were undoubtedly suffering. Crammed into a transport truck on a sweltering day, these helpless animals – covered with their own excrement, being crushed together and slowly suffocating from heat – stared at me through the trailer’s metal slats with their pleading eyes. As Dr Armaiti May, a veterinary expert, testified during my trial, some of the pigs were foaming at the mouth and in “severe distress”, appearing to breathe as quickly as 180 breaths per minute.

I think we have not only a right but also a duty to help suffering animals. Toronto Pig Save , the group that I helped start with my dog Mr Bean in 2010, has continued to give water to thirsty pigs to this day. Our approach is to collectively bear witness to ill-fated animals at the end of their miserable lives and hold weekly vigils outside slaughterhouses.

A slaughterhouse might seem like the last place that animal lovers would want to be, but for us – as for the Quakers, Greenpeace and similar groups – bearing witness is about being present at sites of great injustice. Our personal contact puts a face on the nameless numbers, to borrow from Charles Dickens, and helps people see animal victims as unique individuals who want to live.

There’s little doubt in my mind that if those were dogs in distress in that truck instead of pigs, my actions would be applauded and it would be the driver facing charges instead. This double standard should have everyone questioning the ethics of the meat, dairy and egg industry, our legal system and our food choices. Like dogs, pigs are friendly, loyal and sensitive animals who have a strong sense of self and intelligence. They are playful and affectionate: they love to snuggle. They feel love and joy, but also pain and fear. They possess protective feelings for their families and friends. Pigs have been known to courageously jump into water to rescue drowning children.

In Esther the Wonder Pig, a New York Times bestseller , Esther’s human dads attest to the porcine internet star’s big personality, her keen intelligence and her sense of humor. Our laws need to be changed to reflect this: all animals should be treated as thinking, feeling individuals under the law, because that is what they are. They are not property, nor cogs in the machine, with numbered tags slapped on their ears.

Humans need to recognize that we are also animals and that we are all interconnected. We are like animals in all the ways that matter – we feel pain, we suffer, we grieve, we are afraid of being killed and we get thirsty on a hot day. By showing people this, we hope we will reach their hearts so they will feel what animals feel. Then finally we will be able to end the horrific suffering at farms and slaughterhouses and shift towards a nonviolent plant-based economy.

We are all in this together, humans and pigs. I am, quite literally, because I am facing jail time for giving pigs some small comfort in their final moments. My trial resumes 1 November. The cruelty inflicted on pigs at animal farms and slaughterhouses touches all of us, by harming animals, by polluting the environment, by harming our health and our conscience when we consume the products of this suffering.

By bearing witness to animals in distress, we discover the unity of life.


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https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...P=share_btn_tw
 
petros
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Would you prefer the pig was butchered with a full bladder?
 
darkbeaver
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Would you prefer the pig was butchered with a full bladder?

I live in fear that I'm to meet my end with a full blader and

just explode piss all over

once the heart stops so does the bladder but the brain gets to live it, if you chuckle you will advance on the ladder

when your motor control exits the organism, been there, it's painless if you know where to put your head
 
petros
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If nobody is going to turn you into salami, you have nothing to worry about.
 
bill barilko
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Quote:

When someone is suffering, I believe it is wrong to look the other away.



Pigs are not 'someone' they are 'it'
 
Johnnny
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Ludlow
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Kosher laws would not apply to swine but common compassion should apply to all life.
 
spaminator
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Defence lawyers compare woman who gave water to pigs to Gandhi, Mandela | Toront

Lawyers: Woman giving water to pigs like giving Jews on cattle trains water duri
 
B00Mer
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Toronto woman who gave water to pigs headed to slaughter found not guilty



muahahaha..
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Johnnny View Post

That's why you should join my #NoLivesMatter movement. We hold that all lives have exactly the same value.

Zero.
 
Jinentonix
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00Mer View Post

Toronto woman who gave water to pigs headed to slaughter found not guilty



muahahaha..

And well she should have been. The fact it even made it into the courts is pathetic but at least common sense ruled the day on that one.

And quite frankly, if I'm sitting stopped in my car on a hot sweltering day and someone sticks their hand in the window offering a cold beverage, I'm probably not going to get all pissy about it. Unlike dicknuts' lawyer apparently.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Jinentonix View Post

And well she should have been. The fact it even made it into the courts is pathetic but at least common sense ruled the day on that one.

And quite frankly, if I'm sitting stopped in my car on a hot sweltering day and someone sticks their hand in the window offering a cold beverage, I'm probably not going to get all pissy about it. Unlike dicknuts' lawyer apparently.

Ummm. . . "dicknuts' lawyer" was the Crown. This was a criminal case.
 
lone wolf
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Is thee a shortage of work for vultures ... er ... lawyers?
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolf View Post

Is thee a shortage of work for vultures ... er ... lawyers?

Maybe up there. We're doing just fine down here. Well, I am, anyhow.

By the way, there's no need to insult vultures like that, jerk.
 
lone wolf
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Apologies. In your case it would be shyster
 
Jinentonix
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Ummm. . . "dicknuts' lawyer" was the Crown. This was a criminal case.

Which means whoever was representing the Crown was also a dicknuts. Seriously, giving an animal water is a crime? The Crown should have said "F*ck it, we're not wasting time on this nonsense."
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Jinentonix View Post

Which means whoever was representing the Crown was also a dicknuts. Seriously, giving an animal water is a crime? The Crown should have said "F*ck it, we're not wasting time on this nonsense."

Sounds illegal, unconstitutional, and undemocratic to me.
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Maybe up there. We're doing just fine down here. Well, I am, anyhow.

By the way, there's no need to insult vultures like that, jerk.

If they weren't put on pedestals 'down there' to begin with the 'suburbs' wouldn't have have the issues to deal with that we do. Seems that would almost fit in with a well laid out plan.

Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Sounds illegal, unconstitutional, and undemocratic to me.

So basically it gets a pass in DC.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Take your pills.
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by Jinentonix View Post

Which means whoever was representing the Crown was also a dicknuts. Seriously, giving an animal water is a crime? The Crown should have said "F*ck it, we're not wasting time on this nonsense."

It is probably still illegal to give water to the home-less in the same location.

Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Take your pills.

Right. Here is the chaser.
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tay
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Quote: Originally Posted by Jinentonix View Post

Which means whoever was representing the Crown was also a dicknuts. Seriously, giving an animal water is a crime? The Crown should have said "F*ck it, we're not wasting time on this nonsense."

The 'crime' was that the pigs belonged to the farmer (the trucker may have been the farmer or worked for that farm) and it was 'mischief' which they arrived at because she was 'affecting' someone else's property.

As a non meat eater I may have a bias, but I suppose no more of a bias that a meat eater would have the other way, but I do feel all animals are sentient beings and should be treated as such unless they are a danger to humans, just like we treat humans who are a danger to other humans..........