The bill, called Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, is designed to protect farmers from on-farm trespassing but activists see the bill as a way to stop whistleblowers and reduce free speech.
“Today is a dark day for animals in Ontario, and for transparency and free expression,” Camille Labchuk, lawyer and executive director of Animal Justice, said in a news release. “Ontario’s ag gag law makes a bad situation far worse for animals. Animal farming is already highly secretive, with animals locked up behind closed doors with no regulations to protect their welfare, and no government inspections to monitor their well-being.”
“Transparency in the food system is needed more now than ever before. Slaughterhouse workers across the country are being infected and dying of COVID-19. Meanwhile, deadly viruses regularly emerge from factory farms, including bird and swine flu. Legislation that covers up conditions that can cause zoonotic diseases, unsafe work environments, and animal cruelty will have deadly consequences for humans and animals alike,” Labchuk said.
Read more about ag-gag laws and factory farms in One Green Planet:
- Elizabeth Warren Joins Cory Booker’s Bill to Close all Factory Farms in the United States by 2040
- Why Ag-Gag Laws Are a Threat
- North Carolina “Anti-Sunshine Law” Struck Down! No More Civil Penalties for Exposing Animal Cruelty
- How WE Can Defeat Ag-Gag Legislation
- Victory! 11 States That Have Shut Down Ag-Gag Bills and How They Did It
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