CFIA inspects after video shows pigs crammed into transport truck in B.C.
Pigs in a transport truck in British Columbia (Kamloops Animal Rights Movement and Advocacy)
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, July 13, 2018 8:53PM EDT
KAMLOOPS, B.C. -- The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it will conduct inspections to gather more information about the shipment of pigs shown in a video posted online by an animal-rights group in Kamloops, B.C.
The video published by Kamloops Animal Rights Movement and Advocacy shows pigs piled on top of one another in a transport truck on what the group says was a "sweltering" hot day last week.
Kira Blaise shot the video and says the pigs didn't have enough room to stand or lie down comfortably, and were forced to push into and climb on top of one another.
She adds that one pig's face was being stepped on by another and it was breathing shallowly.
Anna Pippus of the animal advocacy group Animal Justice says federal law prohibits crowding animals in transport, and guidelines indicate that animals must be given more space on hot days.
But she says the law doesn't make clear what constitutes crowding, and pigs can be trucked for up to 36 hours without a break for rest, food or water.
BREAKING: A live transport truck overcrowded with pigs spotted in #Kamloops BC. . The pigs were being carried southbound on HWY-5 and had stopped right after an inspection station. Inside, these pigs were exhausted, thirsty, and crying. . . Many couldn’t get up as the heat was too much, some were twitching, and all were frothing at the mouth!! . A complaint has been sent to the CFIA and ASPCA (the truck had an Albertan license plate); however, the BCSPCA may be able to take action in an investigation if the truck was loaded in BC. . Please help us end this cruelty by sharing this story. . More to come as we hear back from the CFIA and ASPCA..Posted by KARMA - Kamloops Animal Rights Movement & Advocacy on Thursday, July 12, 2018