Monday, July 10, 2017

Anita Krajnc found not guilty of mischief charge for giving water to pigs

On May 3rd Judge David Harris dismissed a charge against Anita Krajnc, the 49-year-old founder of Toronto Pig Save. Krajnc was charged after she poured water into the openings of a metal trailer outside Fearman's Pork Inc. in Burlington, Ont., in June 2015. The trial began last year and included five days of testimony. If convicted, Krajnc could have been fined and sent to jail for six months. It was clear Krajnc was giving the pigs water, Harris said, and not an "unknown liquid" as police alleged. And the pigs were slaughtered anyway, which means she didn't obstruct their "lawful use."
Two years for 'justice' to be served and a body REALLY has to wonder what cops, crooked farmers, and the prosecution are using for grey material as the taxpayer takes it up the anus for zero reason.
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It'll be at least March before the Anita Krajnc pig trial is resolved – a year and a half after the animal rights activist was charged with mischief for giving water to pigs en route to slaughter. The Burlington trial went on for six days of testimony this fall. Now it'll be March 9 before the two sides make their final arguments. And even longer before Justice David Harris renders his verdict. It's a long ordeal for a simple mischief trial for giving water to pigs.
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Anita Krajnc
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.

Jeffery Veldjesgraaf
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
245455 Milldale
Otterville, ON, N0J 1R0, Phone: (519) 879-9898

(519) 469-9187

Eric Van Boekel said he felt he'd been the focus of "a witch hunt" by the Ministry of the Environment.