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Ontario introduces bill to protect farmers from animal rights activists

Reference: CTV News

TORONTO -- New legislation introduced Monday in Ontario would create so-called "animal protection zones" with increased fines for trespassing -- a move applauded by farmers but roundly criticized by the animal rights activists who say it targets them.

Agriculture Minister Ernie Hardeman said the bill -- dubbed the Security from Trespass and Animal Safety Act -- would hike fines for trespassing on farms and food-processing facilities and make it illegal to obstruct trucks carrying farm animals.

The legislation comes after livestock producers pressed the government to take action to prosecute those who trespass on their properties and demonstrate at processing plants...Read More