Animal Protection Party of Canada: Bill 156 Ag-Gag Regulations Come into Effect in Ontario

animal protection party of canada bill 156 ag gag regulations come into effect in ontario

TORONTO, Jan. 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bill 156, The Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, which was passed last summer in Ontario despite opposition from animal advocates and journalists, undermines undercover investigations and the collection of footage intended to reveal the cruel treatment of animals on farms, transport vehicles, and slaughterhouses, often within what are considered the ‘normal practices of farming’.

New regulations have now come into force across Ontario. They further limit the scope of permissible conduct for those who wish to expose unethical animal practices.

Major concerns arise from the wording of the Act and regulations, which prohibit people from entering or interacting with animals in “animal protection zones” under “false pretences,” which is often the only way for animal advocates or journalists to acquire undercover footage of shocking practices for public dissemination. While the regulations purport to exempt some journalists and whistleblowers (though not individuals who work for animal advocacy organizations) from this requirement, it only does so in very limited circumstances, for example preventing them from taking any steps that might indirectly contribute to a farm owner’s “undue stress”.

The Animal Protection Party of Canada considers provincial ag-gag legislation to be of national interest because the vast majority of animals slaughtered …

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