Saturday, November 16, 2002
Ad link to pig farms lashed
By NADIA MOHARIB, CALGARY SUN
An animal-rights group is unapologetic about its shocking quest to convert
meat-eaters to vegetarianism with an ad linking animal cruelty to the horror
endured by women slain on a B.C. pig farm.
The one-page ad, proposed by People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals to run
in a Vancouver newspaper, parallels the inhumane slaughter of pigs by accused
serial-killer Robert William Pickton -- who faces first-degree murder charges in
connection with 15 women who disappeared from Vancouver's downtown Eastside --
to the fate of his alleged victims.
"It's horrible they would capitalize on this -- they should really consider how
the families feel," said Wayne Leng, a friend of Sarah deVries, whose DNA was
found on Pickton's farm.
"The timing is horrible and it's still too painful and I would hope they just
The graphic ad speaks of animals being "drugged" and slaughtered while "their
struggles and cries went unanswered," but makes no direct reference to the women
PETA hoped to "strike a chord" by showing the connection between acts of animal
abuse and violence against people. PETA spokesman Andrew Butler said he hopes to
find a publication to run the ad, to coincide with the start of Pickton's
preliminary hearing in the next few months.