Cross-posted from Vancouver Sun
Oblivious to the suffering and death of his equine cargo, the Defendant in this case claims he should be let off the hook because he swerved to avoid a collision with another vehicle (while on the way to a Canadian slaughterhouse), and saved human life. This is no way mitigates the gruesome crimes he committed against these poor horses. Horse slaughter must stop.
By MIKE MCINTYRE | April 15, 2010
WINNIPEG — A small hoof sticking out the side of a trailer was the first sign of trouble. A closer look by Manitoba border guards revealed a more gruesome sight — 14 badly injured, dying and already dead horses collapsed inside a cramped, blood-soaked space.
The man who drove the animals to their violent end was hoping to walk away with a fine after pleading guilty earlier this year to charges under the federal Health of Animals Act.
But Judge Carena Roller told Manitoba trucker Geoffrey Giesbrecht, 27, she’s having doubts about the Crown’s request for a financial penalty.
“I am seriously considering a jail sentence for you,” Roller said.
She cited the facts of the November 2007 case, including photographs she called “horrific” which depict the conditions inside Giesbrecht’s truck.
Officials with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency found a total of 22 horses were being transported from the United States to Canada for slaughter in an improper vehicle that was stopped at the border crossing. They were also suffering severe dehydration and many had collapsed from exhaustion and pain, only to be trampled by others.
There were 14 which were already dead or had to be put down. The other eight were sent to various farms in the United States to be nursed back to health. Read full story >>