OFA provides comment to the standing committee regarding Bill C-205, An Act to Amend the Health of Animals Act. Farms have come under increasing threat from trespassers and activists who illegally enter property, barns and buildings, causing significant disruptions to the entire agri-food sector. Trespass events across the agri-food sector pose severe risks to human and animal health and welfare, and threaten the integrity of the food system by breaching biosecurity protocols. Trespassing breaches biosecurity protocols and adds an extra source of stress on farmers. OFA supports Bill C-205, An Act to Amend the Health of Animals Act. The Health of Animals Act (HAA) currently provides authority for controlling diseases and toxic substances that may affect animals or may be transmitted by animals to people, but it does not address trespassers risk to biosecurity. OFA supports legislation that aims to address biosecurity, mental health, current laws and fundamental freedoms. OFA believes Bill C-205 provides the justice system with tools to address the risks resulting from biosecurity breaches and trespassing on farms and through barns. OFA believes Bill C-205 complements existing provincial and federal legislation and gives the justice system the tools it needs to help protect the food supply from trespassing biosecurity breaches.
Submissions & Correspondence
OFA submission to the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food regarding Bill C-205
Updated: June 11, 2021