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A pair of government agencies are now looking into graphic video footage captured by a London woman, who found an injured and bleeding cow in a livestock truck.
Animal rights activist Amber Gionet made the disturbing discovery while on her way home from Pearson International Airport on August 31st.
She had stopped for gas at an On Route centre around 1:30a.m. in the Cambridge area when she spotted the truck.
Gionet could tell right away something was wrong.
“I went up there and first of all, noticed there was one cow laying down, and to me, they looked like dairy cows, they were bigger,” she said. “So I saw the one at the front laying down, and then I noticed there was a bunch of blood on the truck closer to the end of the trailer.”
She decided to use the camera on her phone to capture what she was seeing, including the blood caked on the trailer by the wind blowing as the truck travelled.
“I noticed one of the cows was injured on the back end,” Gionet said. “I’ve spent some time outside of trucks like this before at slaughterhouses but you only usually get a few minutes. This was kind of unique because I was out there for 45 minutes. I had to leave because I got upset when I saw a lot of the blood.”
Since posting the video to Facebook, it’s been viewed over 36,000 times (as of Thursday morning) and has caught the attention of both the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture.
Both groups have launched investigations, as animal cruelty is prohibited by law.
Anyone transporting animals is mandated by law to do it in a way that ensures the animal’s physical safety and welfare.
Gionet isn’t sure where the truck came from or where it was going, but notes it had Manitoba licence plates.