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Mink Trial – Kingston
December 6, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
This is a support rally for my first court appearance in Kingston to face break and enter charges for filming animal neglect at the Walt Freeman mink farm (near Kingston) and reporting it to the police. I have also been charged with B&E by 2 other mink farms. Each charge potentially carries a 2 year prison sentence.
No property was damaged and not even a door was opened to obtain the footage. This charge is a gross misuse of the law. It is an attempt by the fur industry and the government to silence whistleblowers and censor how animals are being mistreated from the public. I have used my camera to open up the doors of these fur factories to the eyes of the world and now they want them slammed shut. I’m asking that you take a stand with me against animal cruelty and against censorship. Lets use this opportunity to expose the animal cruelty happening at the Walt Freeman mink farm and across the fur industry!
Signs will be provided. People are asked to stand outside the court during the rally this day.
The public has a right to know what is happening to these animals. It should not be a crime to film and report animal cruelty to the police.
Footage recorded at the Walt Freeman mink farm:
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My legal defense team is being spearheaded by Gary Grill:
In 2017, I spearheaded a campaign to ban fur farming in Ontario. We sent petitions to the Ontario Legislature, the Minister of Agriculture and other key politicians. Members of our group met with and lobbied MPP’s, and I helped organize dozens of protests at fur farms, fur auctions, and demonstrated against political leaders who support the fur trade.
As part of the campaign, I coordinated and executed a public inquiry into the fur industry. I used a video camera to record shocking animal cruelty at 5 mink factory farms across the province. I recorded dead and injured animals, toxic sludge pits emitting poison gas, cages covered in feces, and animals being fed maggot infested rotten food. The fact that these crimes were happening at 5 different farms exposed a culture of standardized animal neglect across the fur industry.
The videos were made public generating international media coverage and shone a big spotlight on this secretive industry. I then handed the footage over to the OSPCA in hopes they would take action to help these animals but unfortunately they have refused to act.
The OSPCA investigation is being lead by officer Carol Vanderheide under case #0800120180119-19. Please contact her for more information: Phone: 1-888-668-7722 ext. 414 / Email: Cvanderheide@ospca.on.ca
Related news coverage:
Watch PETA’s expose on my investigation: