Animal rights activist says pigs are ‘more noble’ than humans.
A Toronto woman is facing mischief charges for giving water to pigs on a truck headed to slaughter used the witness box like a pulpit in court today, with her testimony almost completely centring on her beliefs that everyone should be vegan and an activist.
Anita Krajnc, 49, appeared in a Burlington courtroom as her trail resumed in front of a judge alone for the third day.
Krajnc is charged with mischief and faces jail time or a maximum fine of $5,000 for providing water to pigs headed to Fearman’s Pork Inc. in Burlington on June 22, 2015.
“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.”
Krajnc is part of the Toronto Pig Save group, which regularly holds vigils outside the pork processing plant. When the trial was last in session in August, an animal welfare expert testified the animals appeared to be in ‘severe distress’ from the heat inside the trailer – but because she hadn’t examined them, she couldn’t say for sure.
Outside the courthouse, Krajnc told CBC News that testifying gave her an opportunity to spread her message.
“The pig trial has turned around from being a trial about one woman giving water to pigs to really putting animal agriculture on trial for what it does to animals, what it does to the environment, and what it does to people’s health and what it does to our conscience,” she said.