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December 03, 2019 - CTV News

CANADA: Ontario introduces bill to protect farmers from animal rights activists

CANADA: Ontario introduces bill to protect farmers from animal rights activists
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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.

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