Factory farming has been linked to huge environmental issues for years and now it's being played out issue by issue in an Ontario courtroom, all because a woman showed compassion towards pigs. So, think about it. Who is really on trial here?
The Quebec and French governments have recently attacked Jewish and Muslim slaughter practices, deeming them to be an affront to "secular" values. Notwithstanding that these slaughter practices are less inhumane than those that occur in enormous slaughterhouses, the meat is healthier, too: Kosher meat can't come from a sick or diseased animal.
Why do we object so vigorously to what these poor animals experienced, yet accept that had they not escaped from the trailer, the steers would have be slaughtered for food just hours later? The only difference is, we don't bear witness to these conditions -- the suffering goes on behind closed doors.