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Ontario Legislative Update: Animal Welfare and Protecting Livestock Operations from Protesters

Bill 136, an act to enact the provincial animal welfare services act, 2019 and make consequential amendments with respect to animal protection

CKC has been directly involved in discussions with the Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General’s office regarding Bill 136: PAWS Act with further dialogue planned for the early 2020. The Ministry will begin discussions on regulations for standards of care, followed by other areas of the legislation, including veterinary surgical procedures. We have been informed that CKC will be considered a key stakeholder in the 2020 consultations, that will occur before regulations are drafted. Further information will be provided once details of the consultation process are confirmed.

Bill 136 passed third reading with amendments and received Royal Assent today, December 5th. The new animal welfare legislation is expected to be implemented on January 1, 2020.

Bill 156, Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2019 

In a move to protect livestock operations from illegal actions by animal protesters, the Ontario government introduced Bill 156 on December 2, 2019. 

The Bill is intended to protect farm animals, the food supply, farmers and others from risks that are created when trespassers enter places where farm animals are kept or when persons engage in unauthorized interactions with farm animals.  The risks include exposing farm animals to disease and stress, as well as introducing contaminants into the food supply.

This news follows an announcement from the Alberta government regarding Bill 27: Trespass Statutes (Protecting Law-abiding Property Owners) Amendment Act, 2019 – which received Royal Assent today, December 5, 2019. Bill 27 aims to strengthens protections for property owners (including farmers and ranchers) and ensure trespassers face the proper consequences for their actions.
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