This post originally appeared on AddictingInfo.org.
A woman is facing a $4500 fine and up to a decade behind bars for the crime of providing water to thirsty pigs en route to the slaughterhouse. No, this is not an Onion headline. This is actually happening.
So how did this extraordinary situation come about? You can blame Canadian law, which deems pigs on their way to the slaughterhouse as property. During transport to the slaughterhouse, it is legal to deprive pigs of rest, food and even water, for one and a half days.
As co-founder of Toronto-based animal welfare group Pigsave. Dr. Anita Kranjc is well aware of this fact. So, her group waits by the roadside for passing pig trucks, and hands water and fruit into the cages for the no doubt thirsty and hungry pigs. Most would consider this a small mercy. Not the courts of Ontario, Canada.
And so, Dr. Kranjc faces a heavy fine and prison sentence for her troubles.
Van Boekel Hog Farms will be taking Dr. Kranjc to court, and Ontario are about to set a trial date. Owner, Eric von Boekel, said in a statement:
“[Krajnc] has the right to protest and make her views known. What she does not have the right to do is put my livestock in jeopardy. It is happening at a traffic stop light and people are putting their arms in with the livestock.”
Seriously? How can giving water to thirsty pigs even be classed as a protest?
There has been a vibrant social media reaction on Facebook and supporters have rallied online at the Twitter hashtag#IStandWithAnita.
This is one of the most absurd cases of which we have ever heard. A corporation is acting with disregard for animal welfare, the legal system is backing it up, and the justice system is persecuting a person for committing a humanitarian act. There is something truly wrong with this picture.
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