Friday, February 4, 2022

Beef groups call for end to blockade

Truckers protesting mandatory vaccination and other requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic are being asked to end their activities in Ottawa and at the Alberta border with the United States.

Three beef groups say that the blockades at Coutts and Milk River, Alberta, have reduced slaughter and created a backlog at processing facilities, feedlots and farms and ranches. 

The obstruction is also blocking critical supplies of feed from the United States that are needed across western Canada, according to a joint statement from the Alberta Beef Producers, Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association, and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.

So far Americans have not set up blockades on the Sweet Grass, Montana, side of the border. Drivers going in both directions face U.S. and Canadian government regulations which require them to be vaccinated.

In Ottawa, people are fed up with truck horns blaring throughout the day and night, abusive language and aggressive behaviour by people refusing to wear face masks and maintain social distance.