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Driver of truck that flipped while carrying pigs to slaughterhouse facing charges

A screenshot from a video shows pigs getting rounded up after a truck overturned in Burlington, setting them loose. David Ritchie / Freelancer

BURLINGTON, Ont. – The driver of a truck that overturned while carrying roughly 180 pigs to a Toronto-area slaughterhouse this week has been charged with careless driving.

Police say the 25-year-old man from Brunner, Ont., is also facing an administrative-related charge. They have not released his name.

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More than 100 pigs survived the crash near the Fearmans Pork plant in Burlington, Ont., on Wednesday only to be marched to the slaughterhouse on foot shortly afterward.

An animal activist already in trouble with the law was also arrested and charged while protesting at the scene.

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Anita Krajnc, currently on trial for giving cool water to hot pigs en route to the same slaughterhouse last year, said she has been charged with obstructing a peace officer and breach of recognizance.

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Krajnc said she became upset after workers from the plant came out to help corral the pigs and walk them to the slaughterhouse – and hid the animals from view by holding up large cardboard placards.