TV reporter treats suffering of pigs in truck crash as a joke

A semi-trailer carrying 200 pigs overturned yesterday on Saint-Roch-de-l’Achigan in the Lanaudière area ofQuebec.

 Unfortunately, the TVA coverage, noting that the trucker was not seriously injured, describes the suffering the animals endured in a humorous tone, comparing their capture to transfer them into another transport truck to a rodeo.

 The footage airing behind these callous remarks is shocking and clearly shows the fear of the pigs and the brutal handling of them (including the pigs being pushed from the truck and tumbling to the ground).

 Please let TVA know that their light coverage of the accident is inappropriate and unacceptable.

 Reporter: Maxime Landry

maxime.landry@tva.ca

Twitter: @max_landry

 TVA contact form for comments:

http://tvanouvelles.ca/contact/

 http://tvanouvelles.ca/lcn/infos/regional/montreal/archives/2012/04/20120424-072210.html

16 comments

  1. mpclark · ·

    Thanks for the heads-up.

    Any reaction to suffering treated as a joke is a symptom of callous ignorance and is highly offensive to viewers. I will write from the U S.

    We have the same problem here with mindless TV and radio “personalities”. Rush Limbaugh, a radio disk jockey, once ridiculed a Parkinsons disease victim as a form of comedy for his limited number of fans. He is still permitted to work in radio here in the US.

    BTW, these people are not journalists. How could they possibly claim to have graduated from a recognized university or college? Look at the sickening, childish, unbalanced behavior.

    Please continue to post these incidents so members of the public can protest these kinds of offenses.

  2. linda badham · ·

    WHAT A POOR JOKE. THIS MAN NEEDS TO FEEL THE WRATH OF US PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT THE WELFARE OF ALL ANIMALS. HOW THIS CAN BE TOLD WITH HUMOUR I DONT KNOW! PEOPLE MAKE ME SICK TO MY STOMACH, HE PROBABLY WONT GET THE SACK BUT HE NEEDS TO BE TOLD ! POOR PIGS, THEY ARE SO LOVELY AND INTELLIGENT ITS HEARTBREAKING HOW ANYONE CAN HURT THEM. ITS DISGUSTING HOW ANYONE CAN THINK THIS FUNNY!

    1. This idiot is a joke obviously. Funny how haven’t got a message back from my e-mail. Has anyone?

  3. This reporter “Maxime” is a guy btw… He did sound a-bit unprofessional with his snotty jokes. He did say; “Do you know about the story of the three little pigs?” “Well, today its about 200 little pigs!” He said he could put some humour into this issue, since there were no deaths or anything to serious, HUH!!????
    Since when, Mr Reporter do we make jokes about a serious accident? WHY don,t you tell us how this Truck-Driver managed to flip his load upside-down on a straight stretch road, when it was nice out & no rain, ect??
    TVA needs to understand, that many many folks are up early & listen to this station day in/day out in Qc. How could they possibly become so ingnorant? Apologies are needed TVA, i believe. “Animals are loved by many and those 200 little pigs, ect!! thank-you

    1. I know but when I get going my fingers screw up. I type pretty fast when I am upset or angry or both. 🙂 Has anyone heard from TVA? Are they going to apologize???

  4. Leslie Kuretzky · ·

    Stupid idiots. I hope Karma bites them back hard. Poor pigs 😦

  5. This is the email I just sent……”Just a quick note to let you know your lack of compassion for the suffering of those poor terrified pigs has not gone unnoticed! Disgusting that you would even consider sharing your tainted views of this accident with other people…you ARE the joke! “

    1. Love it. 🙂 And so true.

  6. My letter to her which has been sent”

    Dear Maxime,
    After finding out about your report about the pigs that were in a truck crash I am appalled that you could report that people were late for work or about sending the pigs to a rodea. Do you even realize how pigs are raised? They NEVER see the light of day until it is shipping day to go to slaughter. These pigs were hurt, scraped up, bruised etc and must have been so terrified as would any living being. How dare you even think let alone say about a rodeo where they abuse the animals there as well. Why don’t you look into how pigs are raised and treated and you may not find it as funny. Go to a rodeo and see how many animals die from abuse and from broken backs and legs and being strangled even the baby calves. Is this fun or even funny to you? You wouldn’t think so if this was your dog or cat.
    Have you ever even ‘met’ a pig that wasn’t on your dinner table? They are VERY calm, loving and family oriented animals. This is why people have them for pets as they are also highly intelligent. Unlike your comments on them. These poor things were scared for their lives which probably at this time now has ended to end up on someones dinner table. Why don’t you go to youtube and see how they are kept and how they are killed. You will see these pigs are created cruelly from day one. Did you happen to notice as well they had no tails> People take scissors or even snips and cut their tails off. No anesthetic! The males that are born have their scrotums cut open and their testicles literally ripped out of them with no anesthetic as well so they cannot breed since they are to be used for meat. You want to really hear a pig squeal in pain, look that up as well. How would you like that done to your kids. Meanwhile the pigs mother lays there helpless and stuck/held to the ground listening to her babies cry out in agony. She is held there just to be bred and to have these little ones so they can grow up to be killed but torchured first.
    How dare you make jokes about this!!!! This is as bad as you being one of the abusers as you are making jokes about their suffering! I suggest you make a formal apology for your actions and swallow your pride along with that pig you eat that you thought was raised so perfectly.

    I am not afraid to say who I am or what I believe in and what you did was wrong. DEAD wrong! Those pigs are probably all dead now. That is for your stupid dinner that you feed your family. They had a family too but came into the world being cut up? Enjoy your dinner. Pigs do have more intelligence than someone with smart cruel remarks. At least they can show they care.

    1. shoshone · ·

      Excellent reply Shari. Some ;people are just so ignorant.

      1. Thank-you. I think I did get a bit long winded but I was and am so upset that people think this type of thing is funny. People definitely are ignorant. Such a shame.

    2. 2fasthorses · ·

      Yes! wonderful letter! What a fool! Thank you for sharing the truth about the horrible lives pigs live.

      1. 🙂 Maybe she will open her eyes and maybe she will check on youtube or do some research. Maybe. If not, then she is keeping on blinders like so many people do instead of seeing and hearing the horrible ugly truth.

  7. Sick reporter. This is probably the first time these pigs have seen daylight and they are on their way to slaughter! I’d run for my life too and give a fight. So what if people were late for work. Take them to a rodeo? What so they can abuse them more there like they do the rest of the animals? Jerks.

  8. Heather · ·

    These poor animals…I can just imagine how terrified they were. I would gladly comment however, is there an English translation?

    1. Should be at the top. Mine had a translation button. 🙂

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