|The trial for an Ontario animal rights activist begins Wednesday as she fights a mischief charge after giving water to pigs on their way to a slaughterhouse last summer.|
Anita Krajnc was charged after the pigs' owner, Eric Van Boekel, filed a complaint with police shortly after the incident that occurred in June 2015. Van Boekel vowed he “will go to the full extent of the law to stop them.”
|In December the Crown announced it intended to proceed by summary conviction, which would carry a maximum sentence of six months in jail, a $5,000 fine, or both. She was initially charged with criminal mischief after clashing with the driver of a tractor-trailer carrying pigs to an Ontario pork processing plant.|
Krajnc tried to give the pigs water as the vehicle was stopped at a traffic light on the way to the Fearmans Pork processing facility, about 45 miles south-west of Toronto.
|A video of the incident shows the driver, identified in court documents as Jeffery Veldjesgraaf, climbing from the vehicle to confront Krajnc. “Jesus said, ‘If they are thirsty, give them water,’” she tells him.|
Veldjesgraaf responds: “You know what? These are not humans, you dumb frickin’ broad.”
Ontario hog farmer Eric Van Boekel, who owned the pigs, filed a police complaint the next day.
|"Oxford County hog farmer Eric Van Boekel is required to pay $120,000 in fines after pleading guilty to charges under the Ontario Water Resources Act, stemming from incidents on two separate farms in the county. Van Boekel was originally charged in 2007 after manure from a spill at a hog farm operated by Van Boekel Holdings Inc. on Braemar Sideroad in the Township of East-Zora Tavistock made its way into the Thames River.|
Two days later it was discovered that manure on a farm operated by Van Boekel Hog Farms Inc. on Maple Dell Road in Norwich Township had been seeping into Sweets Creek as well. Van Boekel and each of the two companies, of which Van Boekel is director, were found guilty in January 2012 of charges under the Environmental Protection Act, the Nutrient Management Act and the Ontario Water Resources Act, and sentenced to 30 days in jail and a total of $345,000 in fines."
|Hog manure discharges frequently cause serious adverse effects on neighbours and the environment. Van Boekel was fined for the same offense in 1994.|
Van Boekel Hog Farms
Otterville, ON, N0J 1R0, Phone: (519) 879-9898
Eric Van Boekel said he felt he'd been the focus of "a witch hunt" by the Ministry of the Environment.