Written by PETA
Being shipped over great distances to slaughter with no food or water is agonizing enough, but a reckless driver recently overturned a transport truck carrying 235 pigs, killing 74 of them outright and leaving seven others so severely mangled that police and workers killed them on-site to put them out of their misery. Many pigs suffered terrible injuries and trauma when they were thrown onto an expressway near Toronto. PETA has sent a letter asking Ontario authorities to further investigate and, if the evident warrants, charge the driver—who was allegedly speeding when he lost control of the truck—with cruelty to animals in addition to reckless driving, the existing charge. The pork industry's careless drivers must be held accountable for the suffering and horrific deaths that they cause. Please read about our earlier cases with Smithfield Foods truck accidents.
In the meantime, you can help save other pigs from a horrible fate by urging everyone you know not to eat these sensitive, intelligent animals.
Written by Heather Moore
You know, the more I thought about this last night the more I leaned towards agreeing with Tom and now Laurapo too. I thought to myself; why am I so angry at him for speeding when I speed on occasion as well... It was because the thought of those poor pigs being killed and suffering while he smoked on the curb side...but then I thought: what was he supposed to do? Walk amongst them and kill them with his hands to put them out of their misery/pain? Also, as Laurapo mentioned, we’re talking about Toronto driving… and EVERYONE speeds there… if you don't, you're tail gated and sworn at and people drive aggressively and angrily around you... which is no safer for the poor creatures in the back of the truck.
@ Tom: The issues for me are as follows:
- he was responsible for the transportation of several living beings;
- he was on the clock with his employer and broke the law;
- he sat and had a smoke instead of trying to help the animals in distress.
Yes I've sped in my lifetime... but I don't see the relevance between that and this story due to the aformentioned reasons.
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