Ontario Protecting Farmers and Food Supply ChainPublished on June 30, 2020
As a government, it is our responsibility to protect farmers, agri-food businesses, farm animals and our food supply from the risk of trespass activities.
Bill 156, the Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2020, which received Royal Assent on June 18, 2020, balances the safety and security of farmers, their families and our food supply with protecting the right for people to participate in lawful protests on public property.
The government will always protect the right of people to participate in lawful protests, but that right has never included trespassing on private property, the theft of livestock or harassing farmers and their families.
Trespassing on farms or other agri-food premises and interfering with livestock transportation may create unsafe conditions as well as present other unique risks like causing stress to animals, introducing diseases or contaminating our food supply.
Last year, Ontario passed the Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act, 2019, giving our province the strongest penalties in Canada for people who are convicted of animal abuse. Ontario has the first fully provincial government-based animal welfare enforcement system in Canada.
If anybody in Ontario believes that an animal is being mistreated, they should call 1-833-9ANIMAL or 1-833-926-4625 and have a trained inspector investigate the allegation.
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