PETA President to Lead Rally for Woman on Trial for Giving Water to Thirsty Pigs

Courthouse Demonstration Will Show Support for Ontario Activist Anita Krajnc

For Immediate Release:
September 30, 2016

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Burlington, Ont.What:    Led by PETA President Ingrid Newkirk, a group of PETA members will gather outside the Ontario Court of Justice on Monday as activist Anita Krajnc arrives for her trial. Newkirk will show support for Krajnc by handing out water bottles that read, “Blessed Are the Merciful”—a reference to the notorious charges against Krajnc for giving water to dehydrated, slaughter-bound pigs on a sweltering day in June 2015. Krajnc now faces up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

When:    Monday, October 3, 9–10 a.m.

Where:    Ontario Court of Justice, 2021 Plains Rd. E., Burlington

“No one should be penalized for showing mercy to terrified, dehydrated, suffering pigs,” says Newkirk. “PETA will be outside the courthouse to remind the world that what animals need is more kind people like Anita Krajnc.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that more than 1 million pigs die on their way to slaughter each year, often from extreme confinement, heat exhaustion, or frigid temperatures that cause them to freeze to the sides of trucks in winter. Krajnc, who is being represented by counsel Gary Grill and James Silver, is the co-founder of the Toronto chapter of The Save Movement, a global coalition of over 50 animal advocacy groups.

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