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Huron-Bruce Tory MPP Opposes New Vaccine Rules For Farmers

Regional | by Peter Jackson  

New provincial legislation would require rabies vaccines for any animals who may contact people.

The Progressive Conservatives in the Legislature are accusing the Wynne government of downplaying public consultation on changes to rabies vaccination regulations for animals.

Huron-Bruce Tory MPP Lisa Thompson this week confronted Health and Long-Term Care Minister Helena Jaczek (JAY'-sek) on the issue during question period.

Thompson told the House that federal rules are already in place, that prohibit rabies-contaminated animals from being shown at fairs and petting zoos.

She contends that the provincial amendment will affect generations of rural tradition, by making it more difficult to farmers to show their livestock.

Thompson quotes Huron County 4-H leader Daryl Bergsma who says the new rule will negatively impact local fairs.

She also mentions an Ontario Federation of Agriculture official's comment that the 14-day consultation period in advance of the amendment's passage, didn't provide enough time for investigation.

Jaczek responded that she will look into the matter, and explore Thompson's concerns.

The Minister added that she's surprised Thompson did not approach her directly on the issue during the run-up to the amendment's passage.

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