The infamous pig trial will begin again on October 3. In an instance of synchronicity seemingly arranged by Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, World Animal Day is October 4. For those who haven’t been following the case, last summer Anita Krajnc stuck her arm through a vent in a truck stopped at an intersection in Burlington, and gave water to pigs bound for a nearby slaughterhouse. Following an ugly interaction with the truck driver, the police were called. Krajnc was charged with criminal mischief. The worst case scenario for Krajnc is years of prison time. The best case scenario is a fine. Krajnc says she will not pay the fine, and is prepared to go to prison.
|Anita Krajnc giving water to pigs on their way to slaughter.|
|By Elli Garlin - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0|
The pigs on the truck were merely property to the pig farmer, but to activists like Krajnc, a vegan, and the founder of Toronto pig save, pigs are sentient beings with the ability to feel pain and emotion. The incident in Burlington is just one example among millions the world over showing how polarized we are when it comes to our feelings and beliefs about animals. Websites featuring news stories about the case have received hundreds of comments, showing widely divergent viewpoints and strong emotions.
In honor of World Animal Day, I considered offering you movies about cute and cuddly animals, like these:
But I changed my mind after I read the World Animal Day mission statement: “To raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe.” In the spirit of World Animal Day, I offer some thought provoking movies and books on animals, and our often troubled relationship with them.
|Give me shelter|
|Cowspiracy: the sustainability secret|
|The ghosts in our machine|
|Peaceable kingdom: the journey home|
Finally, here's a book I think Anita Krajnc would enjoy:
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