Barlow's Bill To Protect Biosecurity On Farms Moves Forward

Mar 12, 2021
The House of Commons this week passed the second reading of a Conservative bill to address the issue around trespassers and biosecurity on farms.
Alberta (Macleod) MP John Barlow introduced Bill C-205 which would make it an offence 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.
Barlow says the bill received strong support from the NDP, Bloc, and Conservative Members.
"It is with great disappointment to see that the Liberals do not support measures to protect the biosecurity of our farms or safeguard our food supply chain, especially during a pandemic.”
He notes this important legislation would also protect the rights of whistleblowers and an individual’s right to peacefully protest on public property.
The legislation would also increase the penalties for groups and organizations who encourage individuals to threaten the biosecurity of animals and workers.
There is nothing in the current Health of Animals Act hat addresses the issue of trespassers.
The Conservative press release notes protecting Canada’s food supply is critical.
Viruses like African Swine Fever, BSE, foot-and-mouth disease or avian influenza pose a real threat to Canadian agriculture. These biosecurity threats can decimate herds and flocks and devastate our industries and economy. Strengthening biosecurity measures for trespassers is something farmers, ranchers, food processors and farm groups all support.
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