Mark Tschetter, the minister at the Jumbo Valley Hutterite Colony near Granum, Alta., has never been in court. But he will be in a courtroom in nearby Fort Macleod in late November to see what happens to people accused of a Sept. 2 break and enter at the colony’s turkey operation.


Tschetter and others in the agriculture community welcomed news last week of charges laid against four of an estimated 35 people who entered and temporarily occupied the colony’s turkey barns, posted video on social media and criticized the turkeys’ living conditions and treatment. Dozens of other people held signs and protested along nearby Highway 2 at the same time.


Farmers welcome charges in barn invasion

Four of the protesters who entered an Alberta turkey barn this fall are charged with break and enter to commit mischief

Mark Tschetter, the minister at the Jumbo Valley Hutterite Colony near Granum, Alta., has never been in court. But he will be in a courtroom in nearby Fort Macleod in late November to see what happens to people accused of a Sept. 2 break and enter at the colony’s turkey operation. Tschetter and others in […] Read more

Charges have been laid over a recent turkey farm protest at the Jumbo Valley Hutterite turkey farm on Sept. 2 . | File photo

RCMP charge Alta. turkey farm protesters

The incidents caused a stir in the agriculture community, given it can threaten animal welfare, biosecurity and farmer security

Four people allegedly involved in Alberta’s recent turkey farm protest have been charged, say Fort MacLeod RCMP. The police said in a news release today the people face break and enter charges for unlawfully accessing the farm in southern Alberta. Those charged include three adults and one youth and are alleged to be among the […] Read more

Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer visits with children at the Jumbo Valley Hutterite Colony near Granum, Alta., Oct. 3. He and Premier Jason Kenney and Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen visited the colony to announce plans to stiffen penalties for people who trespass and invade farms. The colony’s turkey operation was invaded by activists on Sept. 2.  |  Barb Glen photo

Proposed legislation targets animal activists

Alberta plans to introduce legislation to strengthen the Petty Trespass Act to address trespass on agricultural land

GRANUM, Alta. — There are new “no trespassing” signs at the Jumbo Valley Hutterite colony turkey operation near Fort Macleod, Alta., along with a few new locks. They are a response to a Sept. 2 incident in which animal rights activists entered the turkey barns, sat with live turkeys and held signs protesting animal agriculture. […] Read more


Animal activists who occupied a Fort Macleod, Alta., area turkey operation Sept. 2 should be charged to the full extent of the law.
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‘Throw the book’ at turkey protesters

Animal activists who occupied a Fort Macleod, Alta., area turkey operation Sept. 2 should be charged to the full extent of the law. So said Alberta Premier Jason Kenney when asked about the case Sept. 13. “I certainly hope the police lay charges and I hope that prosecutors throw the book at these criminals, who […] Read more

Mark Tschetter of the Jumbo Valley Hutterite Colony said he hasn’t been able to sleep since about 90 protesters entered the turkey barns Sept. 2 and made several demands. The event has raised security concerns and feelings of unease about farmer and bird safety.  |  Barb Glen photo

Turkey protest ruffles feathers

Farmer outrage is common after a group of animal rights activists held a protest Sept. 2 at a Fort Macleod, Alta., turkey operation. Many are demanding stricter laws to protect farms and farmers from similar invasive actions and insisting that charges be laid against activists who invade private property. About 90 people entered the Jumbo […] Read more


Protesters left behind one of the signs they held during a Sept. 2 protest at the Fort Macleod turkey operation.  |  Barb Glen file photo

Protesters’ goal is to end animal agriculture

Angel Chen was horrified at what she saw as a participant in a Sept. 2 protest at the Jumbo Valley turkey operation near Fort Macleod, Alta. She was among 30 animal rights activists who entered a turkey barn to observe conditions and promote transparency about the treatment of livestock. “Even though it was a free […] Read more

Turkey operation manager Frank Hofer said other farmers encouraged the Jumbo Lake Hutterite Colony to press charges against the protesters for the Sept. 2 trespass in their barns.  |  Barb Glen photo

Barn invasion shakes farmers’ sense of security

FORT MACLEOD, Alta. — A worker at the Jumbo Valley Colony turkey farm was going about his business Sept. 2, checking each of the nine barns for adequate feed and water to supply some 30,000 turkeys. He opened the door to one barn and found about 30 people seated along the walls holding signs and […] Read more

Failing to act in trespass cases is irresponsible

Freedom of speech and freedom to protest does not equal the freedom to illegally enter farms, to take animals, to threaten or incite violence or to wreak emotional havoc on farmers. But that is happening, and farmers have seen repeatedly that they cannot depend on legal authorities to prosecute law-breakers when protesters invade their properties. […] Read more


The regulations for the bill are still in development, and so is an app that the province hopes will connect landowners and potential users so that consent can be gained. The law likely won’t be in effect this year.
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Sask. passes tougher trespass law

Saskatchewan has passed its new trespass legislation, placing the onus on hunters and others who want to go on private land to obtain permission. The regulations for the bill are still in development, and so is an app that the province hopes will connect landowners and potential users so that consent can be gained. The […] Read more

Saskatchewan has introduced legislation that will require hunters, snowmobilers and others who want to access private land to ask permission first. | File photo

Sask. to require land users to ask permission

Saskatchewan has introduced legislation that will require hunters, snowmobilers and others who want to access private land to ask permission first. Amendments to the Trespass to Property Act, the Snowmobile Act and the Wildlife Act, 1998, are required to make the change. Justice Minister Don Morgan said the government listened to concerns that the current […] Read more