BCSPCA: Charge Animal Abusers at Excelsior Hog Farm

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We demand that the BCSPCA proceed to recommend criminal animal cruelty charges against Excelsior Hog Farm in Abbotsford, BC. 

In April 2019, PETA released a video taken at Excelsior Hog Farm that shows sick and injured pigs living in filthy conditions. One dead pig was left to rot in a crowded pen. 

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/spca-investigating-video-from-abbotsford-pig-farm-1.4392010 

Later in the month, activists descended into one of Excelsior's barns, and took more pictures and videos showing beaten and bloody pigs left to suffer in restrictive gestation crates. 

https://globalnews.ca/news/5213986/abbotsford-hog-farm-protest-animal-cruelty/

After investigating, BCSPCA declined to press charges on the grounds that no one has stepped forward to take responsibility for the original PETA footage. 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-spca-not-recommending-charges-against-abbotsford-hog-farm-1.5154391 

In response, activists released additional footage taken by hidden cameras, showing workers breaking the law on several instances, by committing criminal animal cruelty. 

https://vimeo.com/447374013 

The source of the videos then went to the BCSPCA to make a formal animal cruelty complaint. The source pointed out that the footage shows clear criminal animal cruelty violations: 

  • workers kicking and hitting pigs 
  • workers electric-prodding pigs in the face 
  • workers cutting off tails & castrating piglets without analgesic to relieve pain 
  • sick and injured pigs left to suffer and die without treatment  

The BCSPCA reopened the animal cruelty case but has yet to proceed with charges. 

https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/b-c-spca-reopens-case-into-abbotsford-hog-farm-cruelty-allegations 

We understand that most of the horrific animal cruelty on Canadian farms is entirely legal, standard practice. This is the biggest issue of all, and we hope that the BCSPCA one day acknowledges this fact and begins to take appropriate action. 

Until that day, we demand that the BCSPCA uphold the existing (though inadequate) animal cruelty laws, and charge Excelsior Hog Farm for committing criminal animal cruelty.