Imagine this terrible crime:
Hundreds of pigs are crammed into a truck on a sweltering day. They pant and foam at the mouths, desperately thirsty. It is the first time they've smelled fresh air or seen sunlight-and it is the last, because they are about to be killed for meat. Before this, they spent day after week after month in barren, filthy pens, so crowded that they were climbing on top of each other.
A woman appears with a bottle of water. She pours water into the animals' mouths and talks softly to them, offering a moment of solace before their harrowing journey ends in death. The driver gets out of the truck, tells her to stop, and threatens to slap the bottle out of her hand.
Thankfully, the criminal responsible for this atrocity was arrested.
No, not the truck driver.
The woman with the bottle of water has been charged with mischief. Her act of compassion towards animals who had likely never known human kindness is considered criminal, rather than heroic, by our justice system.
The woman's name is Anita Kranjc, and she's no stranger to the outside of transport trucks. For years she has been leading groups of concerned citizens in bearing witness to these doomed animals, offering a sip of water or a piece of watermelon so that their miserable lives may know a reprieve of kindness. Many times, law enforcement has been present, with no issues.