Canadian Pig Truck Turned Away by United States Due to Overcrowding and Death

Newly obtained government documents reveal that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) refused entry to an overcrowded truckload of Canadian pigs at the US border due to concerns over animal welfare. The inspection found that some pigs had died and others were suffering from heat stress during transportation from Manitoba on a hot and humid day. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) veterinarians agreed with the USDA's decision, stating that the pigs would have experienced even more harm if they had been allowed to proceed through the border and on to slaughter. The CFIA acknowledged that the driver should have been more cautious and this was not the first incident involving pigs from this farm.