BC Court of Appeal Upholds Convictions for Animal Advocates Over Exposing Pig Farm Cruelty

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has upheld the convictions of animal advocates Amy Soranno and Nick Schafer. In 2022, a jury found them guilty of criminal break and enter and mischief related to their participation in a 2019 occupation of Abbotsford's Excelsior Hog Farm, a factory pig farm extensively scrutinized in various undercover investigations exposing purported animal abuse. The pair appealed the convictions, arguing that the judge prevented them from presenting a full defence by barring video evidence of pig suffering at the farm and preventing them from arguing that the farm had engaged in unlawful animal abuse. Soranno and Shafer plan to appeal their 30-day jail sentence­­–– the first known Canadian jail sentence for peaceful, non-violent civil disobedience.