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Local ag group combating illegal trespassing

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Ontario farms are increasingly being threatened by trespassers and activists who are illegally entering property, barns and buildings, seizing private property and threatening the health and safety of the farm, employees, livestock and crops.

But a local agriculture group is pushing back on the issue.

Rainy River Federation of Agriculture (RRFA) president, Lisa Teeple wrote to council on Feb. 4, requesting a letter of support for Bill 156, which is aimed at correcting the issue.

On Dec. 2 the bill was introduced by the province, with the intention of protecting Ontario farm animals, farms, farmers and their families, and the safety of the entire food supply by addressing the ongoing threat of unwanted trespassing and from unauthorized interactions with farm animals.

“The risks of these actions include exposing farm animals to stress and potential diseases, as well as the introducing contaminants into the food supply,” Teeple wrote in her letter to council.

“The RRFA appreciates the support from the provincial government for taking a strong stance to protect our farms and food safety, and introducing more significant consequences for illegal trespassing activities.”

The RRFA is calling on all municipalities in the province to reassure their citizens that the safety of Ontario farm animals, farmers and farm families, and the safety of the entire food system matters.

Council voted to send a letter of support for the RRFA at Monday night's meeting.

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