British Columbia Animal Advocates Receive Thirty-Day Jail Sentence for Non-Violent Civil Disobedience

Animal activists Amy Soranno and Nick Schafer were sentenced on October 12th to thirty days in jail and twelve months probation after being convicted by a jury of one count of break and enter and one count of mischief in connection to a sit-in they organized and lead at the Excelsior Hog Farm in Abbotsford, British Columbia. According to Animal Justice, this is the first known Canadian case in which peaceful animal advocates would be jailed for an act of non-violent civil disobedience. The two activists are appealing their sentence and plan to apply for bail, which, if granted, could result in a deferral of their sentences until the appeal is heard.