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September 11, 2020 - CBC News Canada

CANADA: Animal rights activist charged under new law after protest at Fearman's pork plant

CANADA: Animal rights activist charged under new law after protest at Fearman's pork plant
Pig in transport truck en route to slaughterhouseCredit: Toronto Pig Save

An animal rights activist has been charged under a new Ontario law for allegedly interfering with a truck carrying pigs to slaughter. It's the same plant where Regan Russell was killed after being struck by a truck carrying pigs.

But Diane Smele vowed to fight the charges, which were laid Monday when she and about 20 other activists protested outside Fearman's Pork in Burlington, Ont. She said she was legally walking across an intersection on a green light and not getting in the way of a truck full of pigs entering Fearman's Pork slaughterhouse. 

Halton police said it's the first time it has laid a charge under Bill 156, called the Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, which became law in June, but a few of the regulations only came into force on Sept. 2. "Bill 156 is infringing on our rights to peacefully bear witness," Smele said.

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