Animal rights activists eluding any punishment for blatant criminal behaviour

Several Ontario producer groups and at least one lawyer are sounding the alarm on animal rights activists getting off scot-free in the province.

Livestock producer groups are speaking out after a court decision this week to drop charges against an animal rights activist who recorded her trespassing on a Lucan-area hog farm multiple times in 2016 and 2017.

The trespasser also admitted to taking animals from the farm. Charges of break and enter and mischief to property worth more than $5,000 were laid, but as Kurtis Andrews, a farm lawyer based at Ottawa, explains, the crown attorney dropped the charges, citing “no reasonable prospect of conviction.”

This most recent dropping of charges spurred Andrews to publish an open letter to the Attorney General of Ontario this week, as Andrews says he’s “outraged” that such brazen disregard for the law would go unpunished.

Andrews joined host Lyndsey Smith on Friday’s edition of RealAg Radio to discuss why this case and others aren’t being brought all the way to trial when there is blatant disregard for Canada’s laws. What’s more, Andrews feels farmers are being disrespected and left vulnerable in their own homes, something that no one should have to experience within Canada.

Livestock groups agree. “Yesterday’s court decision negatively impacts all of Ontario agriculture,” says Keith Currie, president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture speaking on behalf of numerous farm organizations including Ontario Pork, Farm & Food Care Ontario, Turkey Farmers of Ontario, Egg Farmers of Ontario, Chicken Farmers of Ontario, Ontario Fur Breeders’ Association, Veal Farmers of Ontario, and Ontario Sheep Farmers.

“Our system of law and order is based on consequences for breaking the law. Without meaningful prosecutions that act as a deterrent to future crimes, activists become bolder in their actions. They’re also fundraising through their illegal activities, thus profiting from breaking the law,” Currie says, in a press release.

2 thoughts on “Animal rights activists eluding any punishment for blatant criminal behaviour

  1. There are two benchmarks that crown council utilizes to approve charges;

    a) Likelihood of a conviction.

    b) Public Interest.

    Given that an accused person has the right to choose trial by judge and jury or judge alone, and it is a certainty that the accused in these types of cases will elect for a trial by judge and jury, there is a very low if any likelihood that a jury will convict the individual given that there sole purpose is to rescue an animal.

    Yes in the current setting, animals are property and are not afforded the protection and rights of other companion animals, none the less, the rescuing of an animal that is smarter them a dog is seen as an act of desperate mercy.

    It is also a fact that these individuals will not bargain away theirs and the animals day in court, which then leaves the entire ag industry’s truthful modus operandi to be exposed on public record, which is something that has been hidden from the public and protected by industry at all costs.

    So take your pick.

    Demand that these accused go to court so that everything collected is for public record. We saw how well that went a few years ago in a Toronto with the concerned citizen who simply wanted to give a thirsty animal water… Please don’t shoot back with food security concerns as we see animal haulers at truck stops unattended all over the country everyday…

    We now see at starting to see lobbying to our government to look at adopting Ag Gag laws that we see in the US… Given Canadian culture, this will only exacerbate the public’s curiosity in wanting to know exactly what is going on behind closed doors in your factory barns, that you are so bound and determined to hide.

    Why because you all know that if people saw independent true images of what animal ag and animal slaughter was, you would loose a majority if not all of your consumers.

    You talk about “trust” many people are now wanting truth.

    The public has a right to know. And we will be demanding it more and more… For our health, for the planet’s and for the animals.

    Respectfully submitted
    Dan Moskaluk

  2. “We now see at starting to see lobbying to our government to look at adopting Ag Gag laws that we see in the US… Given Canadian culture, this will only exacerbate the public’s curiosity in wanting to know exactly what is going on behind closed doors in your factory barns, that you are so bound and determined to hide.”

    So Dan, what’s your plan for when all them factory barns shut down because they’ve been driven out of business by “animal-rights” terrorists? Inquiring minds want to know.

    Oh, and what’s your plan for when 200 angry farmers show up and start rummaging through your garage, then steal your dog?

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