question period — Justice

Legal Legislation to Protect Farmers

February 5, 2020

Hon. Donald Neil Plett (Leader of the Opposition)

Honourable senators, another topic that came up during my discussions with dairy farmers and, indeed, in discussions with other farmers is the threat to their farms and their animals posed by animal rights activists who trespass or occupy farms in protest against the treatment of animals.

While no one should be deprived of the right to protest, these incidents raise serious concerns surrounding the safety of animals and respect for the rules currently in place regarding biosecurity, biosafety and farm animal exposure to disease or contamination.

Senator Gold, what is your government’s position on this? Has there been any discussion within your government to look at changing the Criminal Code so that these actions will be considered criminal?

Hon. Marc Gold (Government Representative in the Senate)

Thank you for your question. I’m not aware of any discussions within the government on this particular issue, but to the extent that they are taking place and will become public, I’d be happy to report back.