Saying the abuse documented by animal rights activists at a Chilliwack dairy farm is ‘totally unacceptable,’ Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick says he’s pleased charges have been recommended by the SPCA, but he’s not saying if this will lead to changes in how farms are inspected.
“I think it’s too early to say right now. The focus, of course, will be a couple of ways. One is to see what happens with these criminal charges and then, working with the BC Dairy Association and the SPCA to see if more changes are needed.”
Letnick says BC already has the toughest penalties in Canada for this type of abuse.
The owners of Chilliwack Cattle Sales, the largest dairy farm in Canada, have already fired the eight employees accused of abusing the cows.
Letnick says he watched the video this morning after returning from a trip to Ottawa.
“Definitely makes me sad to see these animals treated in that way. Totally unacceptable. Very disturbing that people would think that they could behave in such a way and get away with it.”