Justice for Abused Pot-Bellied Pig
  • Petitioned Provincial Prosecutor - Ms. Yvonne Goebel

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Provincial Prosecutor - Ms. Yvonne Goebel

Justice for Abused Pot-Bellied Pig

    1. Anita Utas
    2. Petition by

      Anita Utas

      Ottawa, Canada

Roxanne Veinotte and Mathew Mawson of Ottawa have been charged with two counts of animal cruelty for imprisoning a pot-bellied pig in their basement in Vanier. The pig suffered all of its life from extreme pain due to hooves that had grown one and half feet long, curling into the bottom of its feet. The crippled pig was kept in a dim basement and only given food and water when the owners remembered. A decision was made by a veterinarian to euthanize the pig because of suffering, pain, and permanent damage to its feet and joints. "This is both heartbreaking and outrageous," said Miriam Smith, an Ottawa Humane Society RIS Inspector. "It’s difficult to believe that no one other than this couple and her son knew about the pig and that they permitted this terrible negligence to continue for so many years."

Pigs are considered to be the most intelligent domestic animal. Pigs rank #4 in animal intelligence behind chimpanzees, dolphins and elephants. Scientific studies show that they have better cognitive/problem solving skills and memory than a three year old child. They also feel remorse, empathy, affection, and many other emotions They have a sense of humour and a sense of self. Click here to learn more about the intelligence of pigs.

The extreme negligence and cruelty inflicted on this pot-bellied pig is evidence that this man and woman must receive the maximum penalty for this crime - each face a $60,000 fine and two years in jail.

We support the maximum sentence for the charges of animal cruelty and respectfully request that the Provincial Prosecutor and Presiding Justice does the same. We also request that the two people charged are prohibited from owning pets for the rest of their lives. As a province in the top tier for animal protection laws, Ontario needs to send a message that the cruel torture and abuse of animals will not be tolerated.

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    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Another postponement and technicalities

      Anita Utas
      Petition Organizer

      The bottom line is that this was adjourned to September 26 at 1:30PM. There is a big complication/technicality that needs to be sorted out first. I guess that the Prosecutor just realized that the information was never signed by the "Informant" which would be the OSPCA in this case, from when the charge was first laid. My understanding is that this technically means the charge was never "officially" laid, and the statute of limitations for the OSPCA is 6 months. The clients could have consented to an extension today but of course they were not in court and their lawyers could not reach them. Apparently the record can show, from the February 3, 2012, date the OSPCA rep was in court, that the information was "sworn" even though it was never technically signed, so the prosecutor needs to get a transcript. I guess that is what will be addressed September 26th. I will post another update when I find out more.

    3. No show by the accused

      Anita Utas
      Petition Organizer

      The 5th court appearance on July 20th once again resulted in a no show by the accused. Each of their lawyers were there, and asked that the date for being "spoken to" be moved forward to August 22nd at 1:30 pm. This time it appears that there will be a teleconference set up. I wonder if they are doing this because of the demonstrations we've been having, or if the two accused are now fighting and do not want to appear in the same courtroom together. In any case, it's postponed...AGAIN! We will be demonstrating AGAIN and we won't stop until these animal abusers have been charged.

    4. Postponed again until July 20th

      Anita Utas
      Petition Organizer

      The 4th court appearance was yesterday, but a law student was there in place of both counsels and the accused didn't show up again (we demonstrate at every appearance - they are cowards and won't face us). It has been postponed AGAIN until July 20th...but this time the Justice said, "What is the reason for postponing?" in an irritated voice, "There have already been four appearances, and are they getting anything resolved??" I can tell she was not happy. So, a court adminstrator at the front of said she thinks they should be making their plea on the 20th. I'm keeping the petition going so I can update everyone when this is finally resolved.

    5. The accused and their lawyer did not appear at their May 17th hearing

      Anita Utas
      Petition Organizer

      I've been told that when the accused do not appear at their hearing, it is an admission of guilt. We demonstrated at the court house on the 17th, and three of us attended the hearing. The Prosecutor was in the court room, but the accused and/or their lawyer did not show. I will find out from the Prosecutor what is happening - what did she put forth for penalties and did the Justice accept? We are all hoping for a very harsh penalty, of course! I'll post the sentencing as soon as I find out. Thanks everyone!

    6. The accused did not appear at their hearing on April 12th

      Anita Utas
      Petition Organizer

      The accused have retained a lawyer, and he appeared at the hearing on April 12th to ask for more time to review the disclosure and any new materials. About 500 more signatures were delivered to the Prosecutor a few days before the 12th. The next court date is set for May 17th. We will be holding a demonstration at the courthouse, and now an animal rights group in Toronto started their own petition for maximum penalties for these charges. It has over 1,700 signatures and it will be delivered to the Prosecutor, one week before the court appearance on the 17th. With all of these people coming together to sign the petitions and voice their strong concerns about the lack of adequate punishment for animal cruelty , you would think that we cannot be ignored, and that the courts will clearly see that things must change.

    7. Reached 1,500 signatures
    8. We have over 1,500 signatures!

      Anita Utas
      Petition Organizer

      The first 1,066 signatures on this petition were delivered to the provincial prosecutor at the first court appearance of the accused. The petition was filed as part of the proceedings. The accused asked for more time to review their disclosure, so they did not enter a plea. They will appear in court again on April 12th at 1:30 pm at which time they must enter a plea. There will be another demonstration at the courthouse from 1 to 2 pm. The remaining signatures will be delivered to the courthouse before the 12th. Thank you everyone who has signed the petition and been a voice for the voiceless, and for saying that animal abuse will not be tolerated!

    9. 1,000 signatures!!

      Anita Utas
      Petition Organizer

      We now have 1,000 signatures, a very powerful message to deliver to the residing judge and Crown prosecutor at the trial of Roxanne Veinotte and Mathew Mawson, on March 8th. I will keep the petition open until I print it out and deliver it on Monday, March 5th. Thank you everyone for adding your voice to this cause!

    10. Reached 1,000 signatures
    11. 800 signatures reached!

      Anita Utas
      Petition Organizer

      We are fast approaching our goal of 1,000 signatures. Thank you to all who have signed and shown your compassion and support. We still have just over one week to gather more signatures before the petition is delivered to the Crown Attorney's office and hopefully the judge who hears this trial. Ontario has stricter animal abuse laws than most provinces, yet they seldom, if ever, give jail time or large fines for these crimes. It's time that we use these laws to their full extent and show that animal abuse will not be tolerated!

    12. Reached 750 signatures
    13. 700 signatures so far!

      Anita Utas
      Petition Organizer

      Bruce Roney, the Executive Director of the Ottawa Humane Society, wrote his February 16th blog about this abused pot-bellied pig and said they hope that "the severest of penalties are meted out to the perpetrators." He called it an 'outrageous level of neglect.' You can read the entire blog here:

    14. Reached 500 signatures
    15. 400 signatures in the first 24 hours!

      Anita Utas
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to everyone who has so far added their voice for justice for this heinous act of animal abuse. In the first 24 hours of this petition, we have 400 signatures and many comments. This shows that people are clearly not going to tolerate animal cruelty. We will be demonstrating outside of the courthouse on the trial date, March 8th, in the morning. If any of you are in Ottawa and can attend, please join us! It's at Elgin Street and Laurier, downtown. Thank you!

    16. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Austin Dorshak STEVENS POINT, WI
      • 9 months ago

      Because i like pigs

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    • barbara perkins BURKS FALLS, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      I have a potbelly her name is Rosie and I would not like that to have been her

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    • Mary C TORONTO, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      All beings love and cherish life, just like us. Please watch shows "Animal World" on www.suprememastertv.com to understand the noble and loving nature of animals.

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    • Marie Dudick SELLERSVILLE, PA
      • about 1 year ago

      Horrific. Absolutely Horrific.

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    • Andrew McGee GREATER TORONTO AREA, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      Animals are just different kinds of people and should be treated as such.

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