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Holocaust comparison 

The Toronto Pig Save trial is on the front page of Canada’s National Post today, Friday March 10, surely due to the bold tack taken by Anita Krajnc’s defense lawyer, Gary Grill.The headline of the article, by Adrian Humphreys, reads, “Pig activist like Gandhi or Mandela, says lawyer.”

The story opens with: 

“A trial for a woman charged with giving water to a pig on its way to slaughter took on grand proportions Thursday with the treatment of pigs equated to the extermination of Jews in Nazi Germany and the accused being compared to some of history’s greatest human rights champions: Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Susan B. Anthony.

“In making closing submissions in the case against Anita Krajnc, who is charged with mischief after giving a roadside drink to a pig packed in a truck outside a Burlington slaughterhouse in 2015, her lawyer Gary Grill evoked the Holocaust.”

We learn that outside the court Grill commented on the Holocaust comparison:

“There are many important parallels that we can draw from the two things. One is our inability to have emotional contagion, somehow. Why don’t we feel the suffering of others? How do we close ourselves out to that, whether it be Jews being herded into a train or whether it be pigs?” 

We read:

“In his no-holds-barred defence, Grill summarized testimony from the five days of evidence that factory farming damages the environment and that ‘bacon is potentially lethal’ and that feeding bacon to a child is child abuse.”

And we learn:

“Instead of merely asking the judge to acquit Krajnc on a paucity of evidence brought by the Crown of any harm stemming from her actions, Grill encouraged the judge to strike a legal precedent – to accept her actions were justified for the public good.”

You’ll find the full, fascinating, National Post front page story (which apparently, oddly, is on the front page in all but the Toronto edition) online at http://tinyurl.com/zkumwps 

I would be surprised if the article doesn’t get some heavy pushback, so I urge you, today when it is so needed, to lend animals your voice in a letter to the National Post. The paper takes letters to the editor at letter@nationalpost.com . Always include your full name, address, and telephone number when sending a letter to the editor. 

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