OTTAWA, Ont. — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has more than doubled the maximum fines that can be levied against livestock haulers who mistreat animals during transport.
In what it calls the first increase in over 10 years, the CFIA announced administrative monetary penalties (AMPs) of up to $10,000 can now be imposed against transporters who violate the Health of Animals Act, up from $4,000.
“The agriculture industry knows that a healthy farm and processing business begins with healthy animals and while the majority handles and transports animals safely, a few need to do better,” said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “Our Government is providing the Canadian Food Inspection Agency with the tools it needs to impose tougher fines and improve animal welfare.”
Repeat offenders can face fines that are 50% higher and the CFIA will now be able to look at an offender’s five-year history, up from the previous three years. That means a livestock hauler who has committed two serious violations within five years can face fines of up to $15,000 compared to the previous maximum of $6,000.
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