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London man fined $2,000 for violating provincial law to protect animals

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London man fined $2,000 for violating provincial law to protect animals

Convicted: Kevin Pratten

Location: London, Ontario

Description of Offence: Mr. Pratten moved a fallen animal before it was killed. 

Date of Offence: December 31, 2015

Date of Conviction: September 15, 2017

Penalty Imposed: $1,600 plus a Victim Fine Surcharge of $400.

Background

  • Mr. Pratten transported a cow in his care to a provincially licensed  auction market on December 31, 2015.
  • At this location, an Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs-appointed Veterinary Inspector determined the cow met the definition of a fallen animal, and the animal was humanely euthanized.
  • A "fallen animal" is an animal that has been disabled by disease, emaciation or other condition that is likely to cause its death.
  • O.Reg 105/09 (Disposal of Deadstock) under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001, governs the handling of fallen animals and the disposal of deadstock.
  • For humane reasons, Ontario Regulation 105/09 prohibits a fallen animal from being moved before it is killed.
  • Penalties for an individual convicted of a provincial offence under this Act and its regulations may include: a fine of up to $25,000 for a first conviction and up to $50,000 for each subsequent conviction (for each day or part of a day on which the offence occurs or continues); imprisonment for no more than two years; or both a fine and imprisonment.
  • Penalties for a corporation convicted of a provincial offence under this Act may include: a fine of up to $100,000 for a first conviction and up to $200,000 for each subsequent conviction.
  • OMAFRA is committed to a strong animal welfare system including humane handling and humane slaughter.
  • The ministry actively promotes animal welfare through research, education, compliance activities and industry collaboration.

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