Pigs in need of compassion

pig-save-feeding-waterA Toronto Canada woman faces criminal charges for giving water to pigs on a truck headed to slaughter. Anita Krajnc, 49, is charged with mischief and faces jail time or a maximum $5,000 fine, for providing water through the narrow openings of a metal trailer to the pigs as they were headed to Fearman’s Pork Inc. in Burlington on June 22, 2015.

Anita says, “I just find it unfathomable that someone would be charged for giving thirsty animals water,” she said, while also testifying that she had no idea she could be charged for what she was doing. In the three years we’ve given water to pigs, police have been present, so we took that as an endorsement.”

Anita is a member of Toronto Pig Save, an animal rights group that regularly demonstrates outside Fearman’s slaughterhouse and other meat processing plants. Partly inspired by this incident, a worldwide movement has been organized called the Save Movement. The Save Movement comprises groups around the world who bear witness of pigs, cows, chickens and other farmed animals en route to slaughter. Their goals are to raise awareness about the plight of farmed animals, to help people become vegan, and to build a mass-based, grassroots animal justice movement.

The Save Movement started in December 2010 with the inception of Toronto Pig Save. Today there are close to 100 groups in Canada, the U.S., U.K., Australia and elsewhere. Look out for their booth at Seattle’s Vegfest 2017.