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Conservative MP Introduces Private Members Bill To Protect Biosecurity On Farms

On Tuesday, Federal Conservative Agriculture Critic & Alberta MP John Barlow introduced Bill C-205, an Act to amend the Health of Animals Act.
This Bill will make it an offence under the Health of Animals Act to enter, without lawful authority or excuse, a place in which animals are kept if doing so could result in the exposure of the animals to a disease or toxic substance.
“Protecting the biosecurity of animals and workers must be the priority when it comes to farms and food processing centres,” said Barlow. “In today’s global marketplace it is critical we protect the integrity of Canada’s supply chain and ensure our food remains safe to eat, prevent disease outbreaks, and ensure farmers and businesses do not lose significant income.”
The Act currently provides for the control of diseases and toxic substances that may affect animals or may be transmitted by animals to persons. However, the obligations and prohibitions apply in respect of the owner of the animals. Currently, there is nothing which addresses trespassers.
“Animal health and well-being is a priority for pork producers," said Rick Bergman, Chair of the Canadian Pork Council. "Intrusions on a pork farm cause a breach in the biosecurity protocols in place to protect the health of the animals and puts their care in jeopardy. Supportive measures such as Bill C-205 to deter trespassing, acts of breaking and entering, acts of vandalism and intimidation are very well received by pork producers.”
This Bill will not limit an individual’s right to peacefully protest on public property. However, it will increase the penalties for groups and organizations who encourage individuals to threaten the biosecurity of animals and workers.
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