“Best Video You Will Ever See” Facebook Post:
These helpless pigs never harmed no one and yet, all they receive from us is hostility and abuse. Anita Krajnc, co-founder of Toronto Pig Save, dedicates her life to help these abused pigs and other animals like them. HOWEVER, now she is facing up to 6 months in prison and a $5,000 fine for GIVING WATER to these exhausted pigs. Her trial starts this Wednesday, August 24th. Let’s help Anita show what the real crime is… treating animals like property
Tomorrow is the day that Anita Kranjc goes on trial in Burlington, Ontario, Canada for giving water to pigs on a sweltering day in June, 2015, “traveling companions” in a truck bound for slaughter (euphemism for murder) at Fearman’s Pork Inc. There has been a lot of attention since this case hit the news, both on social and in mainstream media, the latter being a very, very good sign indeed.
You see, vegans and AR activists understand that the sharing of and commenting on this news outside of inner circle social media is key to unlocking the door to a wave of much needed support for the cause of other species emancipation. We fist pump, do a little dance and experience a collective sigh of relief when cases like this hit our local and national newspapers and make the grade on major TV channels. Anita even has made the annals of Wikipedia, which means, in my view, that many people are looking for info and clarification.
The “Best Video You Will Ever See” quote states that Anita faces a six month jail sentence if convicted. I have heard other possible penalties bandied about, so I decided to do a little investigating of the mischief laws here in Canada.
The Criminal Code of Canada defines Mischief as:
430. (1) Every one commits mischief who willfully
(a) destroys or damages property;
(b) renders property dangerous, useless, inoperative or ineffective;
(c) obstructs, interrupts or interferes with the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property; or
(d) obstructs, interrupts or interferes with any person in the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property.
(3) Every one who commits mischief in relation to property that is a testamentary instrument or the value of which exceeds five thousand dollars
(a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years; or
(b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction (maximum 6 months’ jail and/or $5,000 fine).
Initially, Anita was charged with criminal mischief, an indictable offence which is described as the interference with the use, enjoyment and operation of property and which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years.
In pre-trial, the judge elected to proceed by summary conviction on the charge of criminal mischief over $5000, which carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail and/or a $5000.00 fine.
It is my understanding that the issue here as regards the law is that pigs (and other farmed animals for that matter) are regarded as being the property of the farmer, in this case Eric van Boekel. In offering water to these pigs, Anita violated a law which prohibits interfering in any way with the goods of another.
In Anitas’s own words:
It’s wrong to see pigs as property, just as it was wrong hundreds of years ago to see human slaves as property and women as chattel — the property of men. The law needs changing.
The case against me will hinge on The Golden Rule.
Compassion is not a crime.
Anita’s defense will present the Golden Rule. As I understand it, it will be argued that giving the pigs water is an act of compassion and therefore falls under the rubric of a moral and ethical obligation to lend assistance when suffering is present. As such, the law which prohibits interference with another person’s property does not apply and therefore is neither indictable nor punishable under said law.
And herein lies the rub. The law considering farmed animals as property and chattel needs changing – YESTERDAY! What essentially is legal and sanctioned use, abuse and exploitation of other species in Canada garners our country the reputation of and classification as being one of the biggest offenders of other species rights, as evidenced in our antiquated anti cruelty and farmed animal transportation laws. But, it is the law!!!
Overall, Canada gets a D rating on the animal protection index, which rates 50 countries on a scale of A to G on the strength of their policy and legislative commitments to animal welfare and protection.
I do not know what is going to happen tomorrow on the 24th when this case goes to trial. I do not understand law well enough to know if the judge can bring down a favorable decision which operates outside of the parameters of this specific law. Even if a guilty verdict is returned, will Anita receive the maximum penalty under the law and/or a fine, which she has said she will not pay, or a slap on the wrist for a first time offence?
I presume, that regardless of the outcome, this case will open the door to re-visiting our archaic welfare laws, a perhaps necessary step in leading to the overdue emancipation of all species trapped in our various death for profit industries.
Liberation of all species is the end goal for Toronto Pig Save and all vegans and AR Activists who understand that it is not how we use these beings, but that we use them at all. Anita asks people to become vegan, to bear witness and to participate in non violent direct action. Bearing witness for Toronto Pig, Chicken and Cow Saves takes the form of weekly vigils outside slaughterhouses, with a view to raising awareness of the plight of these sentient beings specifically, and all species in general. Bolstering a growing community which knows implicitly that it is unnecessary for humans to use all other animal species for any purpose, drives home the truth that veganism is the moral baseline and the very least we can do.
Annie’s Vegan View
Kudos to Anita for her bravery, which she characterizes as her duty.
Kudos to all the people at Toronto Pig, Cow and Chicken Saves who lend their conviction, truth, time and effort to the only social justice movement in history where the victims cannot advocate for themselves.
Kudos to all those who understand that emancipation is the goal and that veganism is the way. .
May all beings be happy and free.