On Sunday Octobert 27, 2013 the protest at the Bouvry horse slaughter plant just outside of Fort Macleod was held. This protest had been organized by Anita Virginillo and drew much support.
Even though the weather was very bad a small number of dedicated anti-slaughter supporters were able to attend and make this a success!
One unidentified gentleman was there to protest the protesters. He elected, for the most part, to stay in his car but did eventually come out to challenge the peacefully marching protesters.
As you can see in the video at the end of the CTV news clip, a lively discussion ensued. Due to the high winds each side had to raise their voices to be heard. Sadly, the gentleman appeared to become agitated by the protesters and yelled to a passing security vehicle to “throw her in jail”, when he realized that he couldn’t intimidate protester, Joie Bilodeau.
Bilodeau was also told to “get off the property”, by a Bouvry security guard. She politely informed him that they were only there to protest.
Being a Sunday and with the terrible weather, traffic was understandably light but, even so, the group did get quite a few honks & waves.
The protest was initially supposed to be from 1pm until 4pm. The protesters realized that, in the journey to slaughter, horses have to endure much worse than a little snow and cold, so they elected to continue on as long as they could, however, the weather worsened and they departed earlier than anticipated.
It was a unanimous decision to head home after the media arrived. One brave videographer from CTV Calgary made the dangerous trip in the blizzard like conditions, to cover the protest. Kudos to him, because the poor guy didn’t even have a pair of gloves on! He was kind enough to keep repeating what warriors, troopers and dedicated people the protesters were for holding this protest on such a miserable day.