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Animals activists occupy southern Alberta turkey farm

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Activists from four provinces hunkered down, illegally inside a barn full of animals near Fort Macleod Monday (Sept. 2) to expose what they say are injustices on some factory farms.

The group claims it has videos of animals considered unprofitable, taken out of the barn on a Hutterite Colony and put into a wood stove and burned alive.

The protesters don’t identify with being part of any particular group. They allege industries like the Jumbo Valley Turkey Farm treat individual animals disrespectfully to make a profit.

The operators of the farm however, disagree. RCMP were called to help keep the peace, however it’s not known if any charges will be laid. The farmer allowed protesters to tour the barn with police, saying he had nothing to hide, despite the group’s allegations.

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Close to 100 people wearing masks and gloves took part in the protest, which they said was peaceful.

Trev Miller, an organizer in the animal rights movement says currently animals are considered legal property – with alternatives exploding in availability and the ongoing destruction of the Amazon rainforest to supply global meat demand, “there’s every reason for compassion towards animals.”

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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