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Brockton Mayor Supports Farm Protection Bill

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Chris Peabody wants council's support for Act that protects farms from some types of activism.

Image Courtesy of Glen Lindsey 

In a show of support for farmers, Brockton Mayor Chris Peabody announced he will be putting forth a motion seeking out Council support for Bill 156 the Farm Trespass Act.

He says Bill 156 which has received second reading in the Legislature seeks to protect farmers, farm animals and the food supply from unauthorized interference from trespassers.

The legislation would criminalize animal activists and those who trespass on farm land with fines of up to $15,000 for the first offence under the act and $25,000 for subsequent offences.

Peabody is confident Council will rally behind his upcoming motion in support of Bill 156 the Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act.

He says Brockton boasts 179 million dollars in farm receipts a year.

Peabody says this means farmers in Brockton generate the highest farm revenue (176 million) in all of Bruce County. (compared to other municipalities in Bruce County)

He says it is imperative that Council support its agricultural sector which he says serves as the foundation of Brockton’s economy.

Peabody notes it is not up to animal activist to take it upon themselves to inspect family farms.

Peabody's motion will come before Council on Tuesday January 21st.


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