Sgt. Laura-Lee Brown, left, with the Ontario Provincial Police, lawyer Kurtis Andrews and Emily den Haan of Sheldon Creek Dairy were part of a panel at the South Western Ontario Dairy Symposium.

Targeted farmers need to recognize they’re victims

Dairy symposium panel discusses how to manage unauthorized visitors

Reading Time: 3 minutes As difficult or unnatural a feeling as it may be for some, a willingness by farmers to be recognized as victims is essential in the struggle to discourage the unlawful entry onto farms by animal rights activists in Ontario. “It may be a bumpy road to go through this process as a victim,” said Ottawa-based […] Read more

Police seek 130 pigs stolen in Oxford County

The pigs were allegedly taken from a barn in November

Reading Time: < 1 minute Ontario Provincial Police are searching for leads in the strange case of 130 stolen pigs in South West Oxford township. The theft of the animals was reported to police on Dec. 26, but they say the theft happened between Nov. 9 and Nov. 29. The pigs, being raised as market hogs, were about six months […] Read more

“They are already committing an offence by coming over the fence.”

The fine line between protest and provocation

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Ontario Provincial Police says it has farmers’ backs when it comes to trespassing, but the right to peaceful protest also has its place. “You have the right to peaceful protest. That’s part of our key message: We live in a country with freedom of expression,” says Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, of the OPP. However, once […] Read more

Sergeant Laura Brown is a community relations officer with the OPP.

Police have plans for activists, says officer

A liaison team has contacts with activists and organizations involved in challenging activities

Reading Time: 2 minutes An Ontario Provincial Police community relations officer says the force’s officers have the legislative tools to do their job relating to trespassers on farms. Sergeant Laura Brown told a recent meeting of the Eastern Canada Farm Writers Association that “activist activity is hot on everybody’s radar right now for good reason. It’s on ours as […] Read more

Farmers fear being targeted by activist invasions

Recent incidents have prompted many to review what the regulations allow

Reading Time: 2 minutes A recent self-guided tour by animal activists on a dairy farm in southwestern Ontario and a protest outside another dairy near London have farmers reviewing their rights and possible courses of action should they find themselves the next victims of these unwanted visitors. Why it matters: Animal rights activists are illegally trespassing on farm businesses […] Read more


This cow shot on a northwestern Ontario farm isn’t covered by any compensation programs.

Farmer with shot cow finding few areas of compensation

The farmer found little interest in pursuing the animal’s shooters by authorities

Reading Time: 3 minutes A beef farmer from northwestern Ontario is searching for answers after he was forced to euthanize a pregnant 29 month-old cow after it was shot October 10 in an apparent hunting accident. “We’ve got 15 cows and 15 calves on pasture,” said Barwick-area producer Allen Jolicoeur in a recent interview. “My son went down in […] Read more