Trial begins for woman charged for giving water to pigs sent to slaughter

A trial begins Wednesday for an animal rights activist charged with mischief for giving water to pigs that were in a sweltering truck on their way to slaughter.


Anita Krajnc of Toronto faces jail time or a maximum $5,000 fine for providing water through the narrow openings of a metal trailer to the pigs as they were headed to Fearman's Pork Inc. in Burlington, Ont.


Krajnc, 49, is part of the group Toronto Pig Save, which held a vigil outside the pork processing plant on June 22, 2015.

Reporter Samantha Craggs is reporting live from the courtroom, and you can follow her coverage in the box below, alongside curated comments as interest in the trial grows.

Kitchener-Waterloo Animal Save will be part of the protest. Its members also "bear witness" to animals going to slaughter at Conestoga Meat Packers in Breslau, Ont.

Kranjc will testify, Toronto Pig Save said, as will experts in ecology and agriculture, nutrition and metabolism, veterinary medicine and animal advocacy.


Toronto lawyers Gary Grill and James Silver will represent her. 

"It's always nice to represent a client who has the moral high ground," Grill said in a statement.

The trial, in the Ontario Court of Justice in Burlington, is scheduled to take two days.