An animal rights activist was killed this morning when she was hit by a truck during a demonstration outside of a meat processing plant.
The incident occurred around 10:20 a.m. on Friday, June 19, at Fearmans Pork Inc. meat processing facility in Burlington, Ontario.
Police say that a female in her 60s was killed after she was struck by a truck at the facility.
Local news outlet Inside Halton reports that the woman was part of a group giving water to pigs inside the truck’s trailer when she was fatally struck.
PROTESTER DEAD: Female protester is dead after being struck and trapped under a hog hauling tractor trailer turning into Fearmans Pork Plant in #Burlington. @HaltonPolice have closed Harvester in front of the plant. pic.twitter.com/uAeASsElrH
— Graham Paine (@GPmedia_24) June 19, 2020
Halton Police are asking anyone who witnessed this incident, or anyone with dash cam footage from the area at the time of the collision is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 5065.
Animal rights activists routinely demonstrate outside of the facility and ask truck drivers to stop to give them a moment to “bear witness” to the animals who are to be processed.
The group Toronto Pig Save shared video of a planned protest at the facility earlier this morning, according to CBC.
This is a developing story.