ABBOTSFORD, B.C. (NEWS 1130) — One person has been arrested after dozens of animal rights activists swarmed a pig farm in Abbotsford, after a video showing poor conditions at the site surfaced online.
Police escorted dozens of animal rights activists out of a pig farm after an hours-long “lock down.” The group protested in response to a video that appeared to show dead and dying animals, apparently shot at the facility.
The activists said in a news release that they “peacefully entered” Excelsior Hog Farm Sunday morning, while another 135 individuals gathered outside the property in support, wearing “Meat the Victims” shirts and singing.
Abbotsford Police confirming one person has been arrested following a protest at a pig farm. That person faces charges of mischief and break and enter. Those who entered the barns have been released with no papers, promise to appear, etc. @NEWS1130
— Taran Parmar (@Tarankparmar) April 28, 2019
Sgt. Judy Bird with Abbotsford Police says 65 protesters went into the farm, demanding media be allowed access to the barn.
“The negotiated an agreement where media would be allowed to come through the barns with the homeowners under the supervision of vets, and at that time, they agreed that they would leave the barn,” she tells NEWS 1130.
That’s when one person was arrested. They are facing charges of break and enter and mischief, while the rest of the protesters were released.
She says they are still investigating.
“People have the right to have protest, rally and freedom of speech,” she says. “However, in this instance, we did have a large group of people that broke onto private property.”
The clip, posted on YouTube on Tuesday, appears to show dead piglets left among living animals, as well as fully grown pigs with growths and lacerations.
Abbotsford Police closed off Harris Road from Gladwin Road to Riverside Street during the protest Sunday morning. Police said there were vets assessing the health of the pigs.
“There are vets on site to make sure the animals are safe and healthy and make sure that the protesters are keeping out for the welfare of the animals,” Bird said.
HAPPENING NOW!200 ANIMAL LIBERATION ACTIVISTS AT EXCELSIOR HOG FARM: 33133 Harris Road, Abbotsford B.C. Canada65 Activists are LOCKED DOWN inside the farm. A further 140 Activists are holding a protest outside of the facility.This action is part of the international movement called “MEAT THE VICTIMS”At 6am on Sunday April 28, 2019, a group of 65 concerned citizens peacefully entered Excelsior hog farm, as well as another 140 individuals who are gathered outside of the property in support, acting in response to appalling video footage recently released by PETA.The aim of this action is to expose the reality of what is happening to the victims of the ‘meat’ industry and to challenge the current mindset within our society.The truth is being hidden from the public and we believe that people are making choices that go against their values. Most people are against animal cruelty & would not want to support this industry if they knew what was truly happening. The public has a right to know.These industries perpetuate the ‘humane myth’ with labels such as ‘local,’ ‘free range’, ‘grass fed’, ‘organic’, & ‘cage free’ – all terms which are used to deceive and mislead the public into believing that animals are ‘humanely raised & humanely killed’. We are here to show that this is not the case. We are forcing transparency in an industry that relies on secrecy.The needless violence inflicted upon these animals needs to stop. This facility is not unique in their horrendous treatment of animals. This is a standard representation of factory farming here in Canada. This action is not about this one facility, or a call for better animal welfare standards, but rather a call to end the inherently violent animal agriculture industry entirely.Our message is simple; “animals are here with us, not for us”.We are taking a stand to speak up for animals, and we are showing the public the victims of their food choices. We are demanding justice, respect & equality for ALL animals, and we will continue to do so until the message of Animal Liberation is heard loud & clear and the animal exploitation industry is permanently shut down.This link shows footage that was recently taken inside the farm where the lockdown is occurring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BA7KjDoXSQ#MeatTheVictims #MeatTheVictimsCanada
Posted by The Save Movement on Sunday, April 28, 2019
The other protesters were not under arrested.
Ray Binnendyk, one of the brothers who operates the farm, says they are raising the animals to the best of their ability, they love what they do and they are saddened by being depicted as “bad people.”