'Animal Health Act' should not become law  


Screen-shot of amendment proposed
by the Minister of Agriculture on May 29, 2012
Two weeks ago the BC Minister of Agriculture called me “alarmist” when I said his Animal Health Act contained a gag clause that would prevent journalists, independent scientists and indeed all “persons” from communicating information about animal disease outbreaks. 

I was the first person to raise this issue and I suppose the Minister thought my concerns could simply be dismissed.

Fortunately, I was not alone. Today, after hundreds of letters from outraged citizens and dozens of highly-critical media stories, the Minister finally backed down and agreed to amend this clause.

Animal Health Act amendment to clarify who is meant by 'a person'  


By Andrew MacLeod May 29, 2012 10:13 am