26 May '12, 12am

BC Law Could Hide Animal Disease Outbreaks | Care2 Causes

BC Law Could Hide Animal Disease Outbreaks | Care2 Causes

British Columbia’s Ministry of Agriculture says its proposed changes to the Animal Health Act “will ensure B.C.’s reputation as a producer of safe and healthy foods and animals.” It will also punish anyone who leaks news of a disease outbreak on a farm with fines up to $75,000 and a possible two-year prison sentence. That language is buried in the first major re-write of the Animal Health Act since 1948. For the most part, the act is a detailed strategy for dealing with animal disease. When outbreaks affect companies such as Tyson and Cargill , they are major safety concerns for consumers. So updating the Animal Health Act to ensure all disease outbreaks are accurately and quickly reported and dealt with is a responsible thing to do. Most of the revised act addresses safety concerns. What has set alarm bells ringing are provisions giving government complete control over wh...

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