Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta have taken steps to bolster protections for livestock and other producers against trespassers and activists, and Manitoba is carrying out a public consultation on the matter. | File photo

Ottawa supports provincial trespass legislation

The federal government is not looking at ways to boost trespassing legislation being passed in some provinces, according to federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta have taken steps to bolster protections for livestock and other producers against trespassers and activists, and Manitoba is carrying out a public consultation on the matter. Bibeau […] Read more

Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta have taken steps to bolster protections for livestock and other producers against trespassers and activists, and Manitoba is carrying out a public consultation on the matter. | File photo

Feds closely watching provincial changes to trespassing laws

The federal government is not looking at ways to boost trespassing legislation being passed in some provinces, according to Minister of Agriculture Marie-Claude Bibeau. Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta have taken steps to bolster protections for livestock and other producers against trespassers and activists, and Manitoba is carrying out a public consultation on the matter. Bibeau […] Read more

The potential amendments are part of larger changes to trespassing rules in the province. Manitoba's agriculture and justice departments are working together to modernize trespassing legislation, which includes amendments to the Petty Trespasses Act, the Occupiers' Liability Act and the Animal Diseases Act. | File photo

Trespassers not welcome on Manitoba farms

Manitoba may follow the lead of Ontario and Alberta, by passing legislation that protects livestock producers from trespassers and activists. For now, the province is consulting with farmers and landowners about legislative amendments, but the intent is to strengthen the Animal Diseases Act and other laws. “Manitoba is exploring potential legislation that would protect biosecurity […] Read more


Bill 27, if passed, would more than double fines and potentially give jail time to people who trespass onto private property. The government introduced it in the legislature Nov. 19. | File photo

Alberta takes harder line on trespassers

The Alberta government has introduced new legislation that will slap heavier penalties on trespassers and make it more difficult for criminals to sue landowners. Bill 27, if passed, would more than double fines and potentially give jail time to people who trespass onto private property. The government introduced it in the legislature Nov. 19. Under […] Read more

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.
 | Barb Glen photo

‘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