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Farm groups voice concern over charges being dropped

Ontario farm groups disagree with a decision to drop charges against a well-known animal rights activist.

The charges were dropped this week against Jenny McQueen, a member Direct Action Everywhere.

In 2016 and 2017, the activist is alleged to have entered a hog barn near Lucan on multiple occasions, without the knowledge of the property owners. In 2018, she posted an on-line video of the inside the barn and acknowledged taking an animal from it.

She had been facing charges of break and enter, and mischief to property worth more than $5,000.

Ontario Federation of Agriculture President, Keith Currie, spoke on behalf of a number of organizations.

In a release, Currie states the decision negatively impacts all of Ontario agriculture.

Adding the system of law and order is based on consequences for breaking the law. Without meaningful prosecutions that act as a deterrent to future crimes, activists become bolder in their actions.

Farmers say recent incursions by animal activists onto farms and into buildings clearly defined as private property violate the Trespass to Property Act and put the security of all involved at risk, including farmers and their families.

Several farm organizations have banded together to share their disagreement:
Ontario Federation of Agriculture
Farm & Food Care Ontario
Ontario Pork
Dairy Farmers of Ontario
Chicken Farmers of Ontario
Turkey Farmers of Ontario
Egg Farmers of Ontario
Ontario Sheep Farmers
Veal Farmers of Ontario
Ontario Fur Breeders’ Association