Authorities Investigate Footage of Pigs Crammed in Sweltering Manitoba Transport Truck

BRANDON, MB—The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is investigating potential animal protection law violations after viewing footage showing pigs crammed into a transport truck, pushed together and climbing on top of each other, on a sweltering day in July. The footage was captured outside the Maple Leaf Foods pig slaughterhouse in Brandon, Manitoba by members of Manitoba Animal Save, who also recorded the temperature inside the truck at nearly 40 degrees Celsius.

“It was heartbreaking to see the animals crammed in next to each other in such unbearable heat,” said Cheryl Sobie, an organizer with Manitoba Animal Save. “Some animals were panting and foaming at the mouth, which we know means they’re heat-stressed. Others seemed to have given up. If this were a truck full of dogs, people would rightfully be outraged. There’s no reason not to extend the same consideration to pigs, who are equally sentient. Sadly, our group regularly documents farmed animals in similar conditi…

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Dog Abused on Winnipeg Film Set, Animal Justice Files Animal Cruelty Complaint

WINNIPEG – National animal law organization Animal Justice filed animal cruelty complaints with authorities on Wednesday after disturbing video footage revealed animal abuse on the set of the film “A Dog’s Purpose.” The footage was apparently shot near Winnipeg, Manitoba in November of 2015.

The video, first revealed on the website TMZ, shows the filmmakers forcing a German Shepherd dog into turbulent water. The distressed dog fights to stay out of the water by repeatedly clawing at the edge of the pool. A subsequent shot shows the dog submerged under the water. A voice can be heard yelling, “Cut it”, and then handlers finally move to pull the dog out of the water. According to TMZ, at least one crew member was extremely disturbed by the dog’s treatment.

Animal Justice has filed complaints with the Winnipeg Humane Society, the Chief Veterinary Office of Manitoba, and the Winnipeg Police, alleging violations of federal and pro…

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