Animal advocates took to the streets in Vancouver (above), Toronto and Calgary on Monday. Similar demonstrations against the mistreatment of farm animals were held in 70 other cities around the world. We see a tall blond woman (Anna Pippus) wearing a blue shirt and jeans standing and holding a poster while she is being photographed by a television cameraman. Behind them stand several dozen people, also holding signs and placards.

Animal advocates took to the streets in Vancouver (above), Toronto and Calgary on Monday. Similar demonstrations against the mistreatment of farm animals were held in 70 other cities around the world.
Photo Credit: Courtesy: Animal Justice / Berni Huber

Some hard truths about Canadians and our treatment of farm animals

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We Canadians like to pat ourselves on the back (quietly, of course) about how civilized we are (behaviour at a lot of hockey games excepted).

Over 750 million farm animals animals are killed for food every year, virtually all of them transported at least once in their lives. Two million of them die in transport. We see a terrified cow crowded into the back of truck.
Over 750 million farm animals animals are killed for food every year, virtually all of them transported at least once in their lives. Two million of them die in transport. © Anita Krajnc

Sometimes, of course, we get a little carried away.

Aren’t we the ones who excuse ourselves when somebody bumps into us?

Still, a lot of our (always temperate) self-aggrandizement is deserved.

We tend to mind our own business and don’t pry.

Need proof?

Go to a dinner or cocktail party in Canada and see how many of the other guests even ask you what you do for a living. (Hint: the answer likely rhymes with hero.)

Canadians, I am proud to say, tend to take people as they are–in this very moment.

Animal activists say Canadian transport laws are outdated and under-enforced. We see the right eye of a calf, apparently out of its mind with fear.
Animal activists say Canadian transport laws are outdated and under-enforced. © Anita Krajnc

On the other hand–and for animal advocates it’s a very large hand–it appears we have a long way to go when it comes to how we treat farm animals, the animals that many of us eat to say alive.

Over 750 million of those animals are killed for food every year, virtually all of them transported at least once in their lives, most of them in giant trucks rumbling across our vast spaces.

Depending on the species, those animals are not fed, offered water or given a rest for up to 52 hours at a time.

It’s this kind of treatment and the lack of regulations about those trips in trucks that brought animal rights advocates to the streets in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver on Monday.

Anita Krajnc (above) is currently on trial for bringing water to parched pigs. We see a dark-haired woman in an orange sweater and blue jeans feeding a bottle of water to a pig through an air hole at the back of a transport truck.
Anita Krajnc (above) is currently on trial for bringing water to parched pigs. © Canadian Press/ho/Elli Garlin

It’s the kind of treatment that has a woman named Anita Krajnc on trial near Toronto, charged with criminal mischief for interfering with a farmer’s “property.”

Krajnc gave water to dehydrated pigs aboard a transport truck.

The trial continues and its affect on the animal rights movement remains unclear.

One of those demonstrating Monday was Anna Pippus (photo at the top of the story), an attorney and director of farmed animal advocacy for Animal Justice, an animal advocacy group.

She spoke with RCI by phone from her home in Vancouver.

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