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.
- 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.