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Canadian poultry farms charged with animal abuse after investigation

17 December 2018, at 12:00a.m.

CANADA, 17 December 2018 - On November 14, 2018, as result of an investigation by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), 38 charges under the Health of Animals Regulations were laid against Elite Farm Services, Dwayne Paul Dueck, Chilliwack, British Columbia, and Sofina Foods/Aliments Sofina, Markham, Ontario

It is alleged that Elite Farm Services, Dwayne Paul Dueck, and Sofina Foods/Aliments Sofina did unlawfully beat an animal, to wit: "chickens, being loaded or unloaded in a way likely to cause injury or undue suffering to it, in violation of section 139(1) and did unlawfully load or cause to be loaded, an animal, to wit: chickens, in a way likely to cause injury or undue suffering to it in violation of section 139(2)."

Section 139(1) of the Health of Animals Regulations indicates that:

(1) No person shall beat an animal being loaded or unloaded in a way likely to cause injury or undue suffering to it.

Section 139(2) of the Health of Animals Regulations indicates that:

(2) No person shall load or unload, or cause to be loaded or unloaded, an animal in a way likely to cause injury or undue suffering to it.

Elite Farm Services, Dwayne Paul Dueck, and Sofina Foods/Aliments Sofina will appear before a justice for the Province of British Columbia in the Provincial Court at Chilliwack Law Courts, 46085 Yale Road, Chilliwack, BC V2P 2L8 on 18 December 18 at 9:00am, local time.

The CFIA is responsible for the administration and enforcement of federal legislation, acts and regulations, including the Health of Animals Act and Regulations. We are dedicated to safeguarding food, animal, and plant health, which enhance the health and well-being of Canada's people, environment, and economy.

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Ryan worked in conservation from 2007-2017, during which time he operated a rainbow trout hatchery in Canada for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. As editor of The Poultry Site, he now writes about challenges and opportunities in the global poultry industry and agri-food chain.

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