Animal abusers take note: your misdeeds may come to light even through the ashes. A Manitoba couple who owned a hog barn that burned in a “suspicious” fire in June—just days after investigators discovered hundreds of dead and dying animals at the facility—has been charged with 23 counts of cruelty to animals. Martin and Dolores Grenier stand accused of failing to provide the pigs with adequate food, water, and veterinary care; confining them to a space without enough ventilation; leaving breaks in the slatted floor big enough for hogs to fall through and drown or get trapped below; and directly harming 10 of the animals.
The chief veterinary officer on the investigation calls this case “unusual,” but if he’d spent a little time watching the videos on PETA TV, he’d know that suffering and abuse of pigs and other animals are the rule, not the exception, on factory farms. And the best way to make sure that you’re not funding those who cause misery for animals is to stop eating animals.
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Written by Jeff Mackey