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Two animal rights activists criminally convicted in a protest on a Fraser Valley hog farm have been sentenced to jail.
Amy Soranno and Nick Schafer were sentenced Wednesday to 30 days prison and 12 months probation.
They were convicted of break-and-enter and mischief after a large protest at the Excelsior Hog Farm in April 2019.
During sentencing in Abbotsford, B.C., the judge called the protest a “carefully planned amd orchestrated mass invasion” and that the pair incited and encouraged many others to break the law.”
The 2019 protest was sparked by the release of a disturbing video by animal rights group PETA. The video showed dead piglets as well as the corpse of a larger pig. Some pigs in the video appeared to have growths, and one seemed to have trouble standing.
PETA said the video had been provided anonymously and alleged it had been filmed at Excelsior Hog Farm.
The SPCA investigated the PETA video, but did not recommend charges.
Wednesday morning, dozens of animal rights protestors demonstrated outside the courthouse.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.