An act of “compassion,” may now land Canadian animal rights activist Anita Krajnc in jail for up to 10 years after she attempted to give water to pigs being transported to the Fearmans Pork processing facility in Ontario last summer.
Krajnc, 48, is the founder of Toronto Pig Save, a group whose mission is “to bear witness of suffering of animals in transport and at slaughterhouses,” claimed that her action was simply a “small acts of charity”. However, both the owner of the pigs, Eric Van Boekel and driver of the tractor-trailer hauling them, Jeffrey Veldjesgraaf, didn’t appreciate her interference, and called police, who charged her with criminal mischief.
According to the Guardian, a video of the confrontation between Krajnc and Veldjesgraaf, shows him questioning her about what she was giving the pigs, and then calling her a “dumb frickin’ broad.” In the meantime, he told reporters that he was concerned for both the safety of his product and that of the animal rights protesters, who sometimes crowd near the large transport vehicles when they are stopped in traffic.” In turn, Krajnc stated that she felt it was “an outrage, and insane to charge somebody with criminal mischief just for trying to give animals a drink on a very hot day,” after her pre-trial hearing on Monday.
Apparently more than 125,000 people agree with her and have already signed petitions online in her defense, calling for the charges to be dropped. Her next pretrial date is scheduled for December 15, although her case probably won’t go to court until next August.