"Seeing the farm animal victims in trucks just before they go to slaughter makes the sense of injustice utterly palpable. Bearing witness is integral to increasing people’s empathy, which helps them go vegan and be animal activists. When we bear witness, we are reminded of the unity of life. Leo Tolstoy, drawing on Buddhist thinking, wrote in his short story Esarhaddon, King of Assyria: 'The life of a moment, and the life of a thousand years: your life and the life of all the visible and invisible beings in the world, are equal… all life is one, and when men wish to harm others, they really do evil to themselves.'"— Anita Krajnc, founder of @torontopigsave in an essay in LAIKA’s 4th issue.
The animal rights activist was charged last year with “criminal mischief” for giving water to parched pigs en route to slaughter. She faced the possibility of jail time and thousands of dollars in fines for merely showing basic compassion to animals in a hellish predicament. Today, a court in Ontario, Canada, cleared her of all charges, affirming that compassion is not a crime.
Canada has some of the worst and outdated animal transport laws. Animals can be transported for up to 52 hours without food and water (in the EU the limit is 8), with protections virtually non-existent and no requirements on handling. Such cruelty is only possible when animals are treated as property and commodities. They are, in fact, sentient living beings with vital needs just like you and me.
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