NEWS RELEASE: FINAL VERDICT WILL BE GIVEN ON MAY 4, 2017 AS #PIGTRIAL CONCLUDESApril 26, 2017
The world eagerly anticipates the court verdict where Canadian activist may face a prison sentence for an “act of mercy” in feeding water to dehydrated suffering pigs
On Thursday May 4, a case that has gained global media attention and caused worldwide debate for almost two years will finally draw to a close as Anita Krajnc, Co-Founder of “Toronto Pig Save” will have her final court hearing in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
The trial will begin at 9 am at the Burlington Court House with an all-day vigil starting at 7 am at Fearmans Pork Inc. Several groups will also be holding solidarity vigils worldwide to show unity with the message that compassion is not a crime.
Ms. Krajnc was charged with criminal mischief in June 2015 after feeding water to dehydrated pigs in a transportation truck bound for slaughter. Please see “The Crime: Compassion”’ - a video of the incident that led to the charges (http://bit.ly/2ppwWTz). She faces a potential 6 month prison sentence and a $5,000.00 fine. At the most recent trial on March 9th, Judge Harris said he needed more time to issue the verdict.
The case has attracted global media coverage and the defence put together by Ms. Krajnc’s lawyers James Silver (www.silverandassociates.ca) and Gary Grill (www.grillbarristers.com) both vegan, has put the animal agriculture industry on trial. The defence shows people that pigs are persons, not property and that Ms. Krajnc’s actions were adhering to “‘The Golden Rule” - treat others as you wish to be treated.
"The law should protect the vulnerable, not criminalize those who come to their aid. We all have a duty to follow the Golden Rule and give water to panting animals and raise awareness of their unjust slaughter," says Anita Krajnc.
Virtual reality footage showing typical treatment of pigs in factory farms has also been used together with evidence showing how sentient and self-aware pigs are from leading scientists.
“Pigs have individual personalities. They're also one of the few species that can recognize themselves in a mirror. They have self-awareness and have a sense of themselves within the social community. Each one is a unique individual.” said Lori Marino, a Neuroscientist who testified at the “Pig Trial” on November 1st 2016.
The public are encouraged to show support via social media by using the hashtags #pigtrial and #compassionisnotacrime. “The Save Movement” is aiming for these to be trending worldwide, using Thunderclap to share the story of the trial globally. https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/55948-compassion-is-not-a-crime
“Toronto Pig Save” started in 2011 and began a wider network known as “The Save Movement” in which groups from around the world join together to bear witness to animals arriving in transportation trucks at slaughterhouses. There are now almost 150 groups worldwide including in North and South America, Europe, Oceania and Asia.
For more information please contact:
Anita Krajnc (Co-Founder of Toronto Pig Save)
Jenny Canham (UK-based Journalist/The Save Movement Media) firstname.lastname@example.org