Sharon Man Fined For Dealing Livestock Without a Licence
Kenneth Valliquette of Sharon, Ontario was fined for violating provincial laws that require livestock dealers to be licensed.
On March 24, 2017, Kenneth Valliquette pleaded guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice in Ottawa to one count of engaging in business as a livestock dealer without a licence as required under the Livestock and Livestock Products Act, 1990 and its regulation 725/90. Livestock dealers are required to be licensed to protect cattle producers and dealers in the event a buyer defaults on payment after buying livestock.
In September 2015, investigators from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs observed Mr. Valliquette bidding for and purchasing calves at a provincially licensed auction market. The animals were shipped the next day to a second provincially licensed auction market and were resold by Mr. Valliquette.
The investigation revealed that Mr. Valliquette was not a licenced livestock dealer. While under investigation, the court heard that Mr. Valliquette continued to purchase and sell cattle.
The court ordered Mr. Valliquette to pay a fine of $3200, plus a Victim Fine Surcharge of $800 for a total of $4000.
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Anyone with information regarding potential violations of provincial food and inspection legislation is asked to contact the OMAFRA Regulatory Compliance Unit at (519) 826-4537 or toll-free at 1-888-466-2372 ext. 5198264537.
- The Livestock and Livestock Products Act, 1990 and Ontario Regulation 725 of the Act provide for the licensing of people dealing in cattle (abattoirs, livestock auctions and slaughter plants), govern terms of payment of cattle purchased by dealers, and provide protection for producers and dealers of cattle from non-payment.
- In Ontario, persons engaged in the business of dealing cattle are required to be licensed. This licensing system ensures the financial stability of the licensed operator and protects cattle sellers against losses in the event of a default in payment by the buyer.
- The penalty for a person convicted of a provincial offence under this Act is a fine of not less than $2000 for a first offence and not less than $5000 for a subsequent offence.