Manitoba Conservatives strengthen trespass laws relating to transport of animals

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It is now illegal in Manitoba to block or interfere with vehicles carrying animals for commercial purposes, including at food production facilities.

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progressive conservative government Amendment The Animal Diseases Act makes it an offense to interact with or interfere with animals on one’s property or during transport.

The Tories also extended the trespass laws, saying that consent is required before a person can access an agricultural biosecurity zone, so it becomes easier for landlords to block any and all unauthorized access to their property. A biosafety area is, by law, considered “an area on or within a farm, animal production facility or animal processing facility”.

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Restricted property, as long as it is owned by a farmer, includes land without any building or other structure and it does not matter whether there is a structure such as a fence surrounding the property.

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Bill Campbell, president of Keystone Agricultural Producers, says the new rules are going to protect farmers’ families, livestock and livelihoods.

The amendment has similar rules around land used for construction sites, residential lawns or gardens and the cultivation of crops.

Anyone convicted of breaking The Animal Disease Act could face a fine of up to $10,000, up to one year in prison, or both.

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