Good news! Canadian animal rights activist, Anita Krajnc, who compassionately gave water to pigs on a transport truck headed to a slaughterhouse, has been found not guilty of criminal mischief charges.

In June of 2015, Anita, the co-founder of Toronto Pig Save, a group founded in 2010 that “bears witness to animals sent to slaughter,” stood on the median of a highway waiting for the truckload of pigs during a routine transport. The animals, which were being moved from the Van Buckel Hog Farm to the appropriately named Fearman’s Pork Slaughterhouse, were crammed into hot metal trucks with very little thought given to their well-being. When the truck stopped next to the median, Krajnc and her friend began to give water to the thirsty animals through the slots on the side of the truck. She was later served with a summons and was formally charged with criminal mischief in October of 2015.

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“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,” said Anita.

 

Anita’s case garnered international attention and thousands of animal lovers stood up defending her actions. And now, after over a year of trials and waiting, Justice David Harris said in the courtroom Thursday morning, “he was not satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that Anita Krajnc willfully interfered with a farmer’s property in the incident.”

Anita pled not guilty to the charge, although admitted she gave water to the pigs. One of her lawyers said Anita was acting in the public good and was therefore not breaking the law, with the farmer arguing that Anita was interfering with his property and possibly giving the pigs an “unknown substance.”

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Anita Krajnc outside of the courthouse on May 4th, 2017 with dozens of supporters, just after receiving the verdict of not guilty.

 

 

It seems absolutely ridiculous that such a harmless act of compassion could have ever been considered criminal mischief – especially in contrast to the entire factory farm system that is not only responsible for the suffering of millions of animals but also mass water and air pollution and enormous amounts of greenhouse gas emissions (but that’s just how we see it…).

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The pigs headed to Fearman’s Pork Slaughterhouse were seen as nothing but a commodity that needed to be kept alive until they were slaughtered and could turn a profit for their owners. The good news is that not only were Anita’s actions not seen as criminal in the eyes of the law, this case has also forced dozens of people to think about animals differently, bringing us one step closer to the day when animals are seen as individuals, not property. Keep up the great work, Toronto Pig Save!

Lead image source: Toronto Pig Save