May 4, 2017 – Ottawa – The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies is thrilled with the verdict from Ontario Court Justice David Harris today announcing Anita Krajnc, activist with the group Toronto Pig Save, has been found not guilty of criminal mischief for giving water to thirsty pigs on their way to slaughter.
“A woman was arrested, charged, tried and acquitted for providing a necessity – access to water – that pigs in other jurisdictions like Europe receive consistently while in transport,” says Barbara Cartwright, CEO of CFHS. “Meanwhile, Canada’s federal government has been working on updating our archaic transportation regulations for more than 10 years and still have not finalized them. There are so many critical issues in our system that people feel the need to stand on street corners and offer water to suffering animals. The irony is hard to swallow.”
Every year more than 700 million animals are transported in Canada. Transport companies are allowed to keep these live animals in confined spaces during transportation for up to 52-hours continuously, with no food, water or rest. Animal welfare science states that transportation is the most stressful experience an animal will undergo. They can endure multiple on-and-off-loadings, and are denied protection from excessive heat or cold and extreme weather; increasing their risk of stress-induced illness, injury and death.
Canada’s federal government released draft transport regulations for animals in December 2016. However, these proposed regulations are woefully inadequate, failing to properly address the need for humane practices in four main categories: food, water and rest, animals unfit for transport, equipment and environmental conditions, and handling.
CFHS advocates for transportation practices that provide good welfare for farm animals and strongly encourages farmers and transporters to strive to employ management and transport practices and housing systems that meet both the physiological and psychological needs of the animals.
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