OTTAWA: Gerald Soroka, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead is pleased to advise that he is a joint seconder on Conservative MP John Barlow’s Private Members’ Bill, C-205, ‘An Act to amend the Health of Animals Act (Biosecurity on Farms).’ 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.
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. This legislation aims to change that situation.
This Bill will not, in any way. 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.
Bill C-205 is scheduled for debate in the House on November 26th.