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TORONTO(October 9, 2014) – This week, Canada’s #1 investigative documentaryseries W5 reveals anexclusive hidden-camera investigation exposing the disturbing and often inhumanetreatment of pigs as they are transported for slaughter at a Canadian processingfacility.Premiering this Saturday,October 11 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV GO, and on-demand on CTV NEWSGO, “THESE LITTLE PIGGIES” exposes troubling treatment at a federally-monitored Alberta plant where millions of pigs aremarshaled on the way to the slaughterhouse. The episode follows W5’ssuccessful season-opening doubleheader investigation into the Ebola outbreakand the alarming incidence of hospital patient suicides, which attracted760,000 viewers on CTV – an 8% increase over last season’s premiereepisode.
W5 Senior Reporter Victor Malarek reports on Western HogExchange (WHE), a Red Deer, Alta. production facility that processes two millionpigs annually. In video captured secretly by animal rights organization Mercyfor Animals Canada and provided exclusively to W5,pigs being housed in the facility are shown enduring cruel treatment andhorrific conditions. Footage from the facility depicts workers using specializedbats to force pigs, including sick and injured hogs, through crowded andoverflowing pens. It also shows facility workers forcing pigs that can barelywalk to move by using electric prods and shoving them with gates enclosing theirpens.
In some of the undercover footage, inspectors fromthe Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) are seen on-site at the animalprocessing facility. The inspectors, who are meant to enforce humane animaltransportation laws, appear largely oblivious to the abuse and are even shownsupplying workers with electric prods to use on the pigs.
W5showsthe video recording to world-renowned animal welfareexpert and Colorado State University Professor, Dr. Temple Grandin, who hasdedicated her life to working with the industry to design humane systems foranimals to move from farm to slaughter. While viewing the footage, Grandin noted that thetreatment depicted was not only unacceptable and inhumane, but in some casesconstitutes a USDA violation in the United States.
In part two of the episode, W5Correspondent Joy Malbon details the fascinating career of Canadian bornprofessional handler, breeder, and show judge, Betty Regina Leininger, the firstCanadian selected to judge Best in Show at the Annual Westminster Kennel ClubDog Show in February, 2014. In an intimate interview, Leininger shares how shetransitioned into her second career after spending the better part of her lifeas a paralegal, and how the unique opportunity has contributed to her “passionfor pooches.”
W5 alsoairs Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET on CTV Two, and repeats on CTV Two on Sundaysat 5 p.m. ET, CTV News Channel on Sundays at 7 p.m. ET, and can be seen onInvestigation Discovery on Tuesdays at 11 p.m. ET, and Wednesdays 12 noon ET;on demand at CTVNews.ca/W5;the CTV GO App and CTVNews GO App, the CTV Mobilechannel on Bell Mobile TV, and through video on demand partners, such as BellFibe TV (visit CTV.ca for local listings). W5 is also simulcastin Toronto on CFRB NEWSTALK 1010.
With an ongoing commitment to coveringtough, relevant stories with fair and responsible reporting, W5 is in its 49thseason of investigative journalism. Hosted by CTV NEWS’ Lloyd Robertson, W5 isthe most-watched documentary program in Canada, and the winner of several awardsincluding the prestigious Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism. AntonKoschany is Executive Producer of W5. Brett Mitchell is Senior Producer. WendyFreeman is President, CTV News.
CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring awide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming,CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 12 years in arow. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company withleading assets in television, radio and digital. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc.(TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More informationabout CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca.
** Source:Numeris (BBM Canada). 2+ Average-minute audience, 10/04/14 overnight data vs.final data for 9/21/13 broadcast.
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