Halton Regional Police are investigating a pedestrian fatality in Burlington Friday after a protester was reportedly struck and killed by a transport truck outside the slaughterhouse.
The incident occurred outside the Fearmans Pork meat processing facility at Appleby Line and Harvester Road.
There are reports the protester — a woman — was trying to feed the pigs inside the transport truck while it was still moving when she was struck and killed.
Animal rights protesters have a long history of protesting at Fearmans.
The events’ declared purpose is to bear witness to the animals arriving for slaughter and reduce the disconnect people have with the food they have on their plate.
“This is so tragic, so heartbreaking,” said Geena Morrison, who has participated in pasts protests outside the plant. “I’m in tears.”