Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Lawyer calls for trespass prosecutions

Lawyer Kurtis Andrews has written an open letter to Ontario Attorney General Carolyn Mulroney urging the government to prosecute animal-rights trespassers.

The government has dropped charges against an activist who entered a hog barn in Middlesex County and another who set mink free.

“I am at a loss to understand how the prosecutions of these crimes are not being pursued,” said Andrews in the letter posted to his website and Twitter account.

He cited biosecurity issues in British Columbia where activists have staged protests and entered a dairy barn.

“No matter what your beliefs happen to be, it is unacceptable to provide radical activists with a free pass to break the law. Farmers are living in fear,” he wrote.

“They should be treated with the same respect that any crime victim deserves. 

“All farmers should be confident that the authorities will protect them like any other citizen of this province.”