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MINK TRIAL Pre Trial Hearing & Rally in Kingston
July 5, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
In 2017, Animal Rights Activist Malcolm Klimowicz peformed a citizen’s inspection of 5 Southern Ontario mink farms and recorded shocking animal cruelty in order to document a systemic culture of neglect inherent within Canada’s fur industry.
A lawyer drafted a legal complaint which Mr. Klimowicz handed over to the OSPCA along with the footage. The complaint documented observations of dead, injured, and infected animals being denied medical treatment. Unsanitary living conditions – cages and rotten food covered in feces. Sludge pits of urine releasing toxic ammonia fumes, and other forms of neglect. The footage was released online and dozens of media stories were generated – turning public opinion against the fur industry. Shamefully, the OSPCA took no action despite overt video evidence.
A few months later, Police laid 3 charges of break & enter despite the fact no property damage or other crimes had been comitted. After lengthly legal proceedings, two charges were defeated but Mr. Klimowicz is still unjustly facing a 2 YEAR PRISON SENTENCE for simply filming at the Walt Freeman mink farm in Battersea, ON (near Kingston). These court cases have been coined the #MinkTrial.
Recently, a similar criminal case – #PigTrial2 where activist Jenny McQueen rescued an injured piglet from a pig farm near London, ON was thrown out and all charges were dismissed. This has lead to animal agriculture groups signing statements and aggresively lobbying the government to enact tougher legislation against those who document cases of animal cruelty on private property.
Industrial fur farms and other animal agriculture sectors are self regulated. That means good and caring people like you rarely see the prolific animal suffering which is necessary to keep these industries profitable.
Animal Ag spends millions humanewashing their brutal and violent slaughter of countless intelligent and self aware living beings. They feed the public disinformation in carefully orcastrated campaigns. That is why it is so important when that unreality is shattered by brave individuals who show courage in the face of cruelty and courage in the face of censorship despite risks to thier own well being. You have a right to know the truth. Animals need us to tell thier stories so that people can act on thier compassion and refuse to participate in thier oppression.
Stand with Malcolm in court against the multi-million dollar animal ag industry who is trying to silence whistleblowers and intimidate people who expose their lies!
We are planning to use this courtcase as an opportunity to put the fur industry on trial in the court of public opinion and draw more attention to the plight of animals suffering in our own backyard. Please attend & share widely!
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What to expect:
People will gather outside the court house from 9:30-9:55am. Court begins at 10:00 and those who wish to attend inside the courtroom are welcome to do so. Others are welcome to rally outside the courthouse with signs/banners/noise makers.
Court proceedings can be very lengthly and I cannot estimate the end time. It could be a few hours or all day. Feel free to drop by and support briefly if you cannot attend the whole day.
Global News: Animal cruelty at Walt Freeman Mink Farm:
Visit: www.endfurfarming.com to view video footage of Ontario fur farms and view media stories about the campaign to ban Ontario fur farms and the #minktrial.
Note: Please check the Facebook event page for updates.