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Canada Hearing date set for Ontario woman charged after giving water to pigs

Animal rights activist Anita Krajnc gives water to a pig. She says she will continue her activism with the group she founded, Toronto Pig Save, and plans to give water to pigs near the same slaughterhouse on Thursday.

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The preliminary hearing for a woman charged with mischief after providing water to pigs en route to a slaughterhouse has been set for the end of November.

Animal rights activist Anita Krajnc says she was on a roadway median giving water to pigs on a hot day in June as trucks hauling the animals stopped at an intersection in Burlington, Ont. One of the trucks' drivers took exception.

An argument ensued, which was captured on video, that shows Krajnc feeding water to some of the pigs via a water bottle she pushed through the slats of the truck's trailer as the driver demanded she stop.

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The pigs' owner, Eric Van Hoekel, complained to police the next day and charges were formally laid against Krajnc in October.

She says she will continue her activism with the group she founded, Toronto Pig Save, and plans to give water to pigs near the same slaughterhouse on Thursday, although these animals aren't likely to be dealing with any heat issues — the forecast calls for rain and a high of 19C.

Van Hoekel says he will continue to use the law to its full extent if Krajnc tries once again to provide his pigs with a sip of water before they're slaughtered.

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