Animal Protection Party of Canada: Bill 156 Ag-Gag
TORONTO, Jan. 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Bill 156, The Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, which passed last summer in Ontario despite opposition from animal advocates and journalists, compromises undercover investigations and the collection of video footage to reveal the cruel treatment of animals on farms, transport vehicles and slaughterhouses, often as part of what is considered “normal farming practices” .
New regulations have now come into effect across Ontario. They also limit the scope of authorized conduct for those who wish to report unethical animal practices.
Major concerns arise from the wording of the law and regulations, which prohibit people from entering or interacting with animals in “animal protection areas” under “false pretenses”, which is often the only way. for animal rights activists or journalists to acquire undercover footage of shocking acts. public dissemination practices. While the regulations claim to exempt some journalists and whistleblowers (but not people working for animal rights organizations) from this requirement, it only does so in very limited circumstances, such as preventing them from taking action that could indirectly contribute to “excessive stress”.
The Animal Protection Party of Canada considers provincial gag laws to be of national interest, as the vast majority of animals slaughtered in Ontario and Canada or shipped out of the country for slaughter are under under the auspices of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The Act and Regulations infringe the Charter rights of individuals to exhibit cruelty and suffering to animals. The Animal Protection Party of Canada will join the fight to ensure we have a free society where people are protected when they show off the way farm animals are treated.
“In the interest of protecting the rights of section 2 of the Charter of those who attempt to expose cruelty to animals for the purpose of public dissemination, the Animal Protection Party of Canada is considering a constitutional challenge to the Bill 156, âsaid Liz White, party leader.
Ontario was the second province in Canada to impose an Ag-Gag law to silence and deter animal rights activists from exposing the cruelty inherent in normal practices in the animal agriculture industry. Alberta passed the first ag-gag law in just 10 days in November 2019. Other provinces, including Manitoba, are currently considering similar legislation and federal law has been introduced through a bill. parliamentary initiative in 2020.
White says, âLet’s be clear: this kind of legislation is not about food safety. It’s about keeping the public in the dark about how animals are raised and killed for food. “
Jordan Reichert, Deputy Party Leader, said: âIf the Canadian government really cared about protecting the health of Canadians, our standards would be more in line with those of the European Union.
Liz White, Chief
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Jordan Reichert, Deputy Chief
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