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PETA Wants Pig-Truck Driver Charged

Written by PETA | October 6, 2010
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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

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  • Andrea says:

    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.

  • Laurapo says:

    I agree with Tom. I can see maybe a wreckless driving charge, but as someone who lives in Toronto, that ramp SUCKS. Especially at heavy traffic times like early in the morning. I dont think he was driving wreckless, I just think it was circumstance.

  • ocean17 says:

    this is insane, this is barbaric and cruel. this kind of abuse, cruelty and neglect must stop. for the animals – go vegan.

  • Andréa says:

    @ 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.

  • Chatterbox187@hotmail.com says:

    The driver should be fired and be charged in court for cruelty to animals

  • Tom says:

    It was an accident. He didn’t try to hurt the pigs. I’m willing to bet that everyone on this thread with a driver’s license, has gone over the speed limit at least once and but for the grace of God didn’t get a ticket or have an accident. It’s a bit hypocritical to ask for a pound of flesh from this guy just he had a wreck in a pig truck.

  • Andrea says:

    This is terrible and I hope the person responsible is charged to the fullest capacity. This is sad and it breaks my heart. To those who point the finger at Canada as a whole for an incident such as this… I’ve been reading this website for some time now… I don’t see ANY anti-USA comments or crusades/campaigns when american slaughter houses are brought down or when animals are freed from animal testing in american labs… Why is it when Canada has one idiot it’s a reflection on the whole country? Is it a double standard? Or just plain illogical?

  • Lisa says:

    This driver MUST be charged with animal cruelty, he sat on the roadside smoking a cigarette while these poor animals were suffering, shows how callous and coldhearted a person he is and no regard whatsoever.

  • mister jingles says:

    all cruelty to animals has to stop! also in this case PETA does the right thing!!!

  • ditto says:

    I am heartsick! These beautiful intelligent animals are subject to this cruelty. If there is a god, please help them!

  • Maria Elena Bernal says:

    No more cruelty! WWJD!

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Canada…still? Listen, the documentary “A Cow At My Table” which was about YOUR treatment of animals in YOUR meat processing industry, came out many years ago and was a real source of embarrasment for you…so much so that when the producer/director was arrested for tresspassing on the grounds of a slaughterhouse to photograph the body of a murdered cow left lying outside, the Crown dropped the charges. They did not want the negative publicity that bringing Jennifer Abbot to trial would cause. Perhaps another updated documentary needs to be filmed because I don’t think you have learned anything.