Toronto Pig Truck Crash Declared a Senseless and Avoidable Tragedy by Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur: “This accident is one of many reported throughout North America in recent months, and highlights ongoing problems with the farm animal transport system.”

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.October 8 , 2010 – In response to the transport accident on a Toronto expressway ramp that killed 81 pigs on their way to slaughter earlier this week, Farm Sanctuary, America’s leading farm animal protection organization, has issued the following statement from President and Co-Founder Gene Baur:

“We are saddened by the tragic loss of the 81 pigs who were killed in this week’s transport accident on a Toronto expressway. This accident is one of many reported throughout North America in recent months, and highlights ongoing problems with the farm animal transport system. The number of animals involved in this one accident exhibits clear problems with packing so many animals onto one trailer. The fact that the driver has been cited for careless driving exhibits, at minimum, a lack of proper training in animal transport.”

“For more than two decades, Farm Sanctuary has rescued and rehabilitated the victims of transport accidents. This past summer we took in two piglets who fell from transport trucks onto busy interstate highways. In August, we came to the aid of Jay, a badly burned steer who was so determined to escape a fiery Indiana truck crash that he led authorities on a 12-hour chase despite being badly burned over a third of his body. Sadly, these tragic accidents happen often. Even in the absence of a crash or other highway accident, it is not uncommon for animals to die en route as the result of suffocation, overheating, dehydration or trampling. According to a recent report, in Canada alone, approximately two to three million animals arrive dead each year at slaughterhouses.”

“It is important to remember that the 160 terrified pigs who survived the Toronto crash, still face an untimely death. If they pass food safety inspections and are deemed healthy enough to enter the food supply, these animals will go on to slaughter.  Whether during transport or at the slaughterhouse, farm animals are treated like units of machinery rather than living, breathing, feeling beings who experience fear, pain and distress just like any other animal. They deserve our respect and consideration.”

To learn more about the problems inherent in livestock transportation, please read Farm Sanctuary’s U.S. Highway Accidents Involving Farm Animals report.

If you would like to speak with Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, please contact Meredith Turner at 646-369-6212 or [email protected].

About Farm Sanctuary
Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the “food animal” industry through research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Orland, Calif., provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming. Additional information can be found at or by calling 607-583-2225.

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