Welcome, visitor! [ Register | Login


rentwithpetscanada


Post Free Listing

Criminal Charge Dropped Against Witness Who Filmed Fur Farm Cruelty

Animal Justice October 23, 2018

Prosecutors in Oshawa, Ontario have withdrawn a criminal break and enter charge against animal advocate Malcolm Klimowicz, who was charged earlier this year after filming severe neglect and cruelty on a mink farm. The charge had prompted massive rallies outside the Oshawa courthouse, significant public outcry, and even inspired the hashtag #MinkTrial.

Break and enter carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Initially, prosecutors refused to withdraw the charge laid by police, even though legal experts considered the case against Mr. Klimowicz to be weak.

In 2017, Mr. Klimowicz walked on to multiple mink farms in Ontario and filmed the heartbreaking conditions that he found. He documented injured and dead minks confined in tiny, filthy wire cages, with piles of feces, puddles of urine, and crawling maggots. Minks were frequently overcrowded in the barren cages, and many suffered from open wounds and displayed repetitive behaviours that indicate severe psychological distress.

The shocking video footage was submitted to authorities, but the fur farms escaped prosecution, despite evidence of unimaginable cruelty in violation of federal and provincial laws. The only charges laid were against Mr. Klimowicz himself.

Although the Oshawa charge has now been withdrawn, Mr. Klimowicz still faces similar charges in Collingwood and Kingston.

Police and prosecutors frequently pursue animal advocates for exposing animal suffering while ignoring the crimes of the animal abusers, including Save Movement founder Anita Krajnc, acquitted of criminal mischief for giving water to thirsty pigs. The Krajnc trial made global headlines and exposed millions of people to meat industry cruelty. If the remaining charges against Mr. Klimowicz go to trial, the prosecution will undoubtedly have the same effect, increasing public awareness of horrific cruelty inherent in the Canadian fur industry.

Fur farming is largely unregulated in Canada, with few, if any, standards for the conditions under which animals must be kept. Fur farm cruelty runs rampant, as documented by Mr. Klimowicz as well as during another cross-country undercover investigation in 2014.

Mr. Klimowicz is accepting contributions toward his legal defence on his crowdfunding page, and supporters are invited to stay tuned for details on future court dates.

 

Join the Animal Justice mailing list

Yes, I want to stay in touch! 

Animal Justice

103 total views, 0 today

  • Loppa (formerly Cece)

    by on May 28, 2019 - 0 Comments

    Loppa (formerly Cece) has been with us for two years. She loves sleeping on top of her big brother Rusty and giving kisses and cuddles to her human family. She's smart, brave, happy, and brings us all great joy. Thank you SCARS for bringing us together. Erla Anderson

    The post Loppa (formerly Cece) appeared first on Second Chance Animal Rescue Society.

    Second Chance Animal Rescue Society

  • Submit your photo for the 2020 SCARS Calendar

    by on June 1, 2019 - 0 Comments

    Hi everyone, we have already started working on the 2020 SCARS calendar which raises funds to help SCARS continue with their animal rescue initiatives. If you have an exceptional photo of a SCARS foster or if you adopted a SCARS animal and would like a chance to have them featured in our 2020 calendar,

    The post Submit your photo for the 2020 SCARS Calendar appeared first on Second Chance Animal Rescue Society.

    Second Chance Animal Rescue Society

  • Emergency Wabasca Wildfire Rescue

    by on May 31, 2019 - 0 Comments

    (May 30, 2019 - 9AM) Last night as the evacuation call went out for the Wabasca and Big Stone Cree Nation, SCARS volunteers jumped into action. The community pounds were at capacity and the animals so vulnerable in the face of a raging wildfire. With full support of the community and evacuation officials, our

    The post Emergency Wabasca Wildfire Rescue appeared first on Second Chance Animal Rescue Society.

    Second Chance Animal Rescue Society

  • Here’s How to Help Animals with the New Ontario Animal Protection Survey

    by on May 31, 2019 - 0 Comments

    Everything is about to change for animal protection in Ontario. In March 2019, the Ontario SPCA announced it will no longer enforce animal cruelty laws in the province and is putting this public responsibility back in the hands of the government, where it belongs. The Ontario government is now surveying the public to help decide how... Read more » Animal Justice

  • Israel to hold election rerun after coalition deadlock

    by on May 31, 2019 - 0 Comments

    Israel to hold election rerun after coalition deadlockIsrael's parliament voted early Thursday to hold new elections only months after April polls in an unprecedented move provoked by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's attempts to remain in power despite failing to form a coalition. The vote was prompted by Netanyahu's failure to reach a coalition deal even though his Likud party, along with its right-wing and religious allies, won a majority of 65 of 120 seats in the April 9 elections. In a matter of weeks, Netanyahu has shifted from victory celebrations to tense, behind-the-scenes efforts to ensure his long tenure in power continues, eventually opting for new elections.


    Animal and Pet News

Article Categories

Article Archives

Who's Online

  • 0 Members.
  • 13 Guests.