PETA Turns Out to Support Woman on Trial for Helping Thirsty Pigs

Published by Craig Shapiro.

Compassion is not a crime.

That’s why supporters showed up in force Monday morning when Anita Krajnc arrived at the Ontario Court of Justice to stand trial for giving water to hot, thirsty pigs who were bound for the slaughterhouse.


PETA President Ingrid Newkirk and a group of PETA members handed out water bottles that read, “Blessed Are the Merciful.” They were joined by members of Toronto Pig Save.

“No one should be penalized for showing mercy to terrified, dehydrated, suffering pigs,” Newkirk said.

Krajnc, cofounder of the Toronto chapter of The Save Movement, a global coalition of more than 50 animal advocacy groups, was charged with criminal mischief for giving water to dehydrated pigs who were crammed into a metal transport truck that had stopped at a traffic light on a swelteringly hot day in June 2015. She faces up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Elli Garlin photo of Anita giving waterPhoto by Elli Garlin

Pigs, like all animals, are not property; they are social, playful, feeling beings who can learn to play video games and indicate their temperature preferences when given the choice. They are entitled to the same fundamental right that we enjoy—the right to live free of exploitation.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind