MP Falk Seconds Bill to Protect Farm Biosecurity and Animal Health

Steinbach, MB – Ted Falk, Member of Parliament for Provencher, has seconded Bill C-205, An Act to amend the Health of Animals Act.

Introduced by Conservative MP John Barlow, the Bill helps protect biosecurity for farms by amending the Health of Animals Act to make it a serious 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.

“Recently, more and more individuals and protest groups have been trespassing on farms and food processing centers,” explained Falk. “This has the potential to cause massive biosecurity issues for animals and the individuals that work with them.”

The Health of Animals Act currently provides for the control of diseases and toxic substances that may affect animals or that may be transmitted by animals to persons. However, the Act only applies to the owner of the animals. Currently there is nothing which addresses trespassers, which is what this Bill aims to change. This Bill will not in any way limit an individual’s right to peacefully protest on public property.

Viruses like African Swine Fever pose a very real threat to Canadian agriculture and our food supply, with the potential to decimate livestock herds and devastate farmers.

“Canadian farmers grow and raise quality food for all of us, and protecting Canada’s food supply is critical,” noted Falk. “In today’s global marketplace it is critical we protect the integrity of Canada’s supply chain and ensure our food remains safe to eat and sell.”

“I am proud to support Bill C-205 and I call on the Liberal government to do the same.”