UPDATE: November 11th, 2010 Charges were finally laid early last week. Some 23 charges were laid under the provincial Animal Care Act that name both Martin and his wife Delores Grenier as co-accused. The couple are to appear in a Manitoba courtroom on December 16th. Although media reports indicate each charge carries a maximum $10,000 fine, the lower schedule of $5,000 applies as the incident occurred prior to the increase. While we're pleased charges have finally been laid, we're holding comment until the greater criminal cruelty charges are laid. What was done to these pigs, the duration of their suffering and the deliberate actions taken to bring about their suffering and death easily satisfy the criteria for intentional cruelty, not just willful neglect. We are thus hoping for charges under federal criminal cruelty statute 445.1 which would bring a maximum 5 year jail sentence and/or $10,000 fine per offence. We are also hoping the number of counts will match the number of pigs tortured, rather than an arbitrary minimal number as is the case with the provincial charges.
August 27, 2010 WE'VE RECENTLY LEARNED FROM THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF VET THAT THE 2,000 PIGS WHO WERE FORCED TO EAT THE BODIES OF THE SICK AND DYING HAVE BEEN PUT BACK INTO THE FOOD SYSTEM.