… New uncut camera footage has prompted the B.C. SPCA to reopen its case into allegations of animal cruelty at an Abbotsford hog farm… The farm, identified as the family-owned Excelsior Hog Farm in Abbotsford, had been the subject of a police investigation after a pair of surveillance cameras were found to have been installed during a March break-in, without the owners’ knowledge...
B.C. SPCA reopens case into Abbotsford hog farm cruelty allegations
SPCA spokeswoman Lorie Chortyk confirmed her organization had received new footage and that investigators had an open file looking into the alleged violations.
Stephanie Ip, Vancouver Sun (Canada)
August 12, 2019
New uncut camera footage has prompted the B.C. SPCA to reopen its case into allegations of animal cruelty at an Abbotsford hog farm.
SPCA spokeswoman Lorie Chortyk confirmed her organization had recently received an uncut version of previously filmed footage and that investigators were looking into the allegations.
The footage was submitted to the SPCA earlier this month and posted to Vimeo over the weekend by an account under the name B.C. Pork Uncovered. The footage was filmed by an undercover individual using hidden cameras; the individual has been in touch with the SPCA to reveal their identity, according to a news release by local animal activist Amy Soranno.
The SPCA had said previously that other footage showing apparent abuse at the farm was not time-stamped and geo-tagged with enough information to support charges.
Shawn Eccles, a senior manager with the B.C. SPCA’s cruelty investigations department, said the footage shared more recently is not new but was uncut footage that provides a more thorough picture of the alleged events.
“It’s the same video that was taken way back in February but was never presented to us prior to this,” said Eccles on Monday. “The problem before was the video that was released … was a compilation of a number of different pieces of video that were taken and stitched together.”
Eccles said investigators will need to examine whether the video and the way in which it was captured could be admitted in court.
In a statement accompanying the media release of the footage, animal cruelty lawyer Anna Pippus identified what she called “a number of clear code of practice violations, and other potential violations.”
In the video, piglets can be seen being tossed, while pigs are shown being herded with prods to the face. Pippus also highlighted what she believed were “very young children … who may not be sufficiently trained or mature to comply with code requirements” handling pigs, as well as “husbandry procedures performed in street clothes without gloves, creating a risk of infection.”
The farm, identified as the family-owned Excelsior Hog Farm in Abbotsford, had been the subject of a police investigation after a pair of surveillance cameras were found to have been installed during a March break-in, without the owners’ knowledge...