A woman killed during an animal rights protest in front of a Burlington slaughterhouse is being remembered as a compassionate person who just wanted to give water to thirsty pigs on a scorching hot day.
Regan Russell, who was identified as the victim in a release by Animal Justice, was struck by a transport truck that was hauling pigs through the gates of Fearmans Pork meat processing facility at Appleby Line and Harvester Road around 10:20 a.m. on Friday.
The truck with its cargo of squealing pigs remained at the scene for several hours as police blocked off the area and began their investigation.
An officer was observed removing a sign that read, “Animals need protection under the law” and a large yellow and white water bottle could be seen on the ground beside the gate.
Burlington resident Martin Foebel, who was having his breakfast across the street from the plant in the Wendy’s parking lot when the incident happened, described what he saw.
“Then I saw a woman in the front there … I assume the truck driver thought he was clear to go and didn’t see that last protester.”
Around 10 protesters who had been engaged in a regularly scheduled animal rights vigil at the plant remained on the scene following the crash.
Animal Advocates Mourn Tragic Death at Fearmans Pork Slaughterhouse in Burlington
Vegan climate activist Greta Thunberg recently paid a visit to Esther the Wonder Pig, a famous pig that helped her dads Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter go vegan. Thunberg came to the United States via sailboat from her native Sweden last month to speak at the Climate Action Summit in New York City and support Fridays For Future, a movement she founded to demand action on the global climate crisis. Thunberg continued her North American tour by driving an electric car, lent to her by actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, to Canada to attend the climate strike in Montreal last Friday. While in Canada, Thunberg shared a cupcake with Esther at her Southern Ontario home, a moment commemorated by a photo of the two changemakers.
“We were gonna change the world together, but she took my last cupcake so the future of our alliance is uncertain,” Esther’s Facebook page captioned the photo. Thunberg has received backlash from conservatives that do not share her views on the climate crisis and Esther’s page was not safe from commenters looking to disparage the teenager. “This is a picture of a sixteen year old girl that is under more pressure than any of us can likely even fathom, enjoying a quiet day with a pig she loves, with cupcakes and a smile on their faces,” Esther’s Facebook page responded to one such commenter. “No matter what you think of our view on animals or Greta’s view on the climate, if you can’t see the joy in their faces and appreciate the fact that she came here to relax and smile (the same reason you all do) then I’m sorry we have failed you in our mission to promote kindness for all kinds.”
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CBC News · Posted: Jul 17, 2018 7:00 AM CT | Last Updated: July 17
Seven wild boars escaped from a farm in the Mendenhall subdivision area, west of Whitehorse, last month. Since then, they’ve been spotted on peoples’ properties and alongside the highway. The territorial government says one of the animals has now been killed, but the rest are still loose. (Jody Peters)
The owner of seven wild boars that escaped last month west of Whitehorse has managed to find and kill one of the animals, according to the Yukon government. But the other six are still running free.
And according to a University of Saskatchewan researcher who’s studied wild boars, that’s bad news.
“If you think what you’re doing is important today, you’re wrong. Stop what you’re doing… get out there and find every one of [the boars] and remove them,” said associate professor Ryan Brook.
He said any boar that is shot at, but not killed, becomes “wild very, very quickly.
The animals, all female, escaped from a farm in the Mendenhall subdivision area sometime last month.
Local residents have been alarmed to see the beasts occasionally wander onto their rural properties, but the animals have proven hard to catch.
Tannis Thompson-Preete took this photo a couple of weeks ago, when she spotted the animals near the Alaska Highway. The government has since told the animals’ owner to remove them from the wild or face fines. (Tannis Thompson-Preete)
Last week, government agriculture officials admitted the pigs had so far outsmarted them, so they gave the owner an ultimatum: remove your animals from the wild or face fines.
The deadline passed last Wednesday, but government officials won’t say how the farmer’s being penalized.
“Since this is an ongoing enforcement issue, we are not able to provide further information on the details surrounding the timeline, and amount of fines,” said Jesse Devost, a spokesperson for the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, in an email to CBC.
‘They will eat almost anything’
According to Brook, wild boars are an invasive species and they’ve wreaked havoc in many places across the country, including Saskatchewan.
‘They really do a lot of damage to almost any landscape, but especially wetlands get really torn apart,’ says Ryan Brook, a wild boar researcher at the University of Saskatchewan. (Tannis Thompson-Preete)
He said they can damage landscapes and ecosystems, and threaten local agriculture, because they root up vegetation and “they will eat almost anything.”
“They really do a lot of damage to almost any landscape, but especially wetlands get really torn apart,” Brook said.
“These wild pigs, they’re just a major global threat. Not just Canada, or not just local here — it is a global issue.”
Brook said it’s also possible the animals could spread disease to livestock, wild species, and possibly even people, although he said that’s not a major concern in Canada right now.
“That’s mainly because we haven’t looked,” he said.
Risk of reproducing low, gov’t says
Brook said it’s key to eradicate the animals from the wild as soon as possible, especially if there’s any risk that they might reproduce.
“These animals are continuously breeding non-stop and producing litters of six all along the way. And those young can become sexually mature at about five to six months. So, you do the math,” he said.
The Yukon government has said the risk of the animals breeding in the wild is low, since the escapees are all female and there are no other known wild pigs in Yukon for them to mate with.
A submitted shot of a wild boar. The Yukon government has said the risk of the animals breeding in the wild is low, since the escapees are all female and there are no other known wild pigs in Yukon for them to mate with. (Brian Keating)
The animals can breed with domestic pigs, so other pig farmers in the area have been advised to “be diligent in monitoring their animals and containment structures while these wild boar are in the area,” Devost wrote.
Brook said that’s all good news, but it doesn’t lessen his concern.
“Even a couple can do a lot of damage,” he said.
They’re also just plain dangerous when they’re running wild, Brook said. He advises any Yukoner who sees the animals to beat a retreat.
“Approaching these animals — I wouldn’t recommend it,” he said. “If you see them out on the ground, I would definitely get back in the house and close the door.”
“When we have a ground crew here, when people are going to shoot at pigs, we also have people with shotguns to protect the shooters themselves because [the boars] will charge.”
He also said that the longer the animals run loose, the more elusive — and dangerous — they’ll be.
“Time is everything with these things,” he said.
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(ECNS) — Three disposal sites where diseased pigs were dumped have been excavated and refilled after disinfection work was completed on Friday afternoon with no infectious diseases found, according to a circular released by the Huzhou government in East China’s Zhejiang Province.
The authority said over 223.5 tons of decomposed carcasses and sludge have been excavated and will be incinerated.
Local police found Huzhou Industrial and Medical Waste Treatment Co. had shipped pigs that died of disease to a landfill rather than for incineration between 2013 and 2014.
Digging and cleaning work began on Sept 1. A sample test by the city’s agricultural department said that no human-infecting pig diseases such as H5 and H7 bird flu viruses and foot-and-mouth disease had been found.
The local environmental service center will carry out an environment impact assessment, according to Xinhua News Agency. The Zhejiang provincial government has also sent inspectors to oversee the treatment process.
Five people have been detained following the inquiry.
06. 08. 14.
A short-sighted hunter who shot a car driver dead and wounded his passenger after bizarrely mistaking them for wild pigs is facing 5 years in jail.
Zbigniew Kowalski, 60, from the town of Leczyca in central Poland, had been out hunting in a nearby forest when he spotted the car containing victims Lukasz Nowakowski, 21, who survived, and Josef Kuchar, 23, who later died.
Mistaking the car for a wild boar he had let off a volley of shots, hitting Kuchar in the neck and Nowakowski in the chest.
Prosecutor Krzystof Kopania said: “The two men were wounded, but the driver Josef Kuchar, who later died, managed to drive them both to his home where his parents immediately called an ambulance.
“But by the time he got to hospital it was too late.
“We identified the hunter, he was immediately detained and he confirmed that he had mistakenly shot at the car. He realised his mistake when the ‘wild boar’ started its engine and drove off, but because whoever had driven off had clearly been alive he assumed he had missed the vehicle.”
Kowalsk later said he had not called police as a result and had carried on hunting. It was only when police cars turned up that and he was questioned by officers did he realise he had indeed hit somebody in the car.
Police confirmed that he will now be charged with manslaughter.
Ashley Hupfl, Albany Bureau
ALBANY – A statewide ban on the hunting or trapping of free-ranging Eurasian boars has been officially adopted, the state Department of Environmental Conversation Commissioner Joe Martens announced Monday.
The boars first arrived in this country a few hundred years ago… [To clarify, the poor boars didn’t choose to immigrate or invade this country. They were brought here to serve as targets for canned hunting. Some escaped the fences, and now we have this “invasive species Problem.”] …and now have large populations in the southern U.S. Recently, the boars have been seen in more northern states.
At least six New York counties — Tioga, Cortland, Onondaga, Clinton, Sullivan, and Delaware — have confirmed sightings of the boars, the state said. To date, more than 150 boars have been captured and destroyed by the DEC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services.
“Hunters have offered to assist our efforts by hunting for boars wherever they occur, but experience has shown this to be counter-productive,” Martens said in a statement. “As long as swine may be pursued by hunters, there is a potential conflict with our eradication efforts.”
When hunters shoot and kill a Eurasian boar, especially near a baited trap established by the DEC, their shots will make a group, or “sounder,” of boars scatter and the boars rarely return once scared off. The baited traps are usually useless afterward and counterproductive to eradication efforts, Martens said.
The ban includes exceptions for state and federal wildlife agencies, law enforcement agencies and others authorized by the DEC to kill a Eurasian boar in situations of property damage or threats to public health or welfare.
In October, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that prohibited the importation, breeding or introduction into the wild of any Eurasian boars. Hunting wild boars at hunting preserves will be allowed until 2015.
“Eurasian boars are a great threat to natural resources, agricultural interests, and private property and public safety wherever they occur and the DEC will continue to work to protect these resources and remove wild boars from the state,” Cuomo said in a statement.
Anyone who sees a Eurasian boar in the wild should report it to their regional DEC wildlife office or email email@example.com and include “Eurasian boar” in the subject line.
Residents are asked to report the number, date and exact location of the wild boars seen. Photographs can be included, too.
by LINDSEY SHELTON, The Natchez Democrat
Saturday, April 5, 2014
It’s one of hundreds they will kill this year; they bagged 420 last year.
Goeggle’s tap on the roof of the cart signals he has spotted a hog, and he and Greene both shoot to ensure one of them hits the animal. It’s a routine they’ll repeat during approximately 200 hunts in 2014.
By Bill Maher
[By the way, the wild boars are escapees from canned hunting compounds, like the kind that raises deer and elk for fenced-in hunting that I posed on earlier.]
New Rule: If you’re delighted to take a life, there’s something wrong with you. This photo has gone viral on the Internet because, well, just look at the size of the wild boar Jett Webb bagged in the woods of North Carolina. That’s some specimen of a pig. And the boar’s pretty big too.
It’s an 8-foot, 500-pound beauty that just moments ago was roaming proudly in the wild, and now it’s dead and I’m holding up my gun and pressing my cock against it! “This might be the best day ever!”
Now, I don’t want to blame this guy too much, because I think, if you’re from rural North Carolina and you have a name like “Jett Webb,” you’d be hard pressed not to end up in a photo like this. Plus, it’s pointed out in the article that wild pigs are an invasive species and that North Carolina is being overrun by boars – just like “Fox and Friends.”
And I get the argument that “a man’s gotta eat” and that sometimes you have to take a life to feed yourself and your family – but shouldn’t it be more of a solemn occasion?
We kill people too, when we carry out executions, but afterwards the warden and guards don’t high-five and pose with the corpse. That’s what bothers me: the trophy aspect, the absolute glee, the beaming with pride. Get over yourself. You pointed at something, pushed a button, and it died.
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