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Animal rights activists occupy British Columbia pig farm over abusive conditions

The protesters had come together from across North America to speak out against the cruelty of the agriculture industry and to stand in solidarity with the animals.

SEAN BOYNTON: ‘Roughly 200 animal rights activists descended on an Abbotsford hog farm to protest abusive treatment of the animals inside. About 50 people entered the barn at Excelsior Hog Farms Sunday morning, with more than 100 more supporters gathering outside the property singing and waving signs.The activists were brought to the farm on buses, wearing black shirts that read “Meat the Victims.”

The protest was sparked by a video released by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) showing several graphic images of pigs crammed into pens and unable to move. Some of the pigs are sickly and covered with tumours, while others lay dead on the ground with piglets walking around and on top of them.

Dan Moskaluk, former RCMP officer and one of the organizers of the protest, said the protesters had come together from across North America to “speak out against the cruelty of the agriculture industry and to stand in solidarity with the animals.”

“The truth has been hidden from the public and we believe people are making choices that are contrary to their values,” Moskaluk read from a prepared statement. “Most people are against animal cruelty, and would not want to support this industry if they actually knew what was truly happening.”

Abbotsford police removed the protesters from inside the barn in the early afternoon, but no one was arrested. Sgt. Judy Bird said an investigation will be launched into alleged mischief, break-and-enter and trespassing’. SOURCE…

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