Ontario has introduced a new law which, according to the government, will protect farmers from aggressive animal rights activists.
The bill, called the law On protection from abuse and the safety of the animals, today passed the first reading in the legislature of the province.
If the law is passed, it will increase the penalties for violation of the boundaries of farms and food processing facilities and will make it illegal obstruction of trucks carrying farm animals.
The law provides for fines of up to $15,000 for the first offense and up to $25,000 for subsequent offenses, in comparison with the maximum fine is now $10,000.
Livestock producers insist that the government pursued those who infringe on their property and protesting against aggressive processing enterprises.
Animal rights groups said they are concerned that the bill may cause the government would now violate their rights.