Government of Canada
Symbol of the Government of Canada

Prairie Pride Natural Foods Ltd. and Bruce Arabsky Fined $440,000 For Humane Transport Violations

Vancouver, BC - On July 28, 2009, Mr. Bruce Arabsky and Prairie Pride Natural Foods Ltd. in a joint submission, pled guilty at Vancouver Provincial Court to violating sections 140(2) and 148(1)a of the Health of Animals Regulations.

Provincial Court Justice J.F. Galati fined Mr. Arabsky, $50,000 per count for a total of $200,000, for violating one count of section 140(2), and three counts of section 148(1), of the Health of Animals Regulations.

The court also fined Prairie Pride Natural Foods Ltd. $40,000 per count for a total of $240,000 for violating one count of section 140(2), and five counts of section 148(1), of the Health of Animals Regulations.

Section 140(2) of the Health of Animals Regulations states:

No person shall transport or cause to be transported any animal in any railway car, motor vehicle, aircraft, vessel, crate or container that is crowded to such an extent as to be likely to cause injury or undue suffering to any animal therein.

Section 148(1) of the Health of Animals Regulations states:

(1) Subject to subsections (2), (3) and (7), no person shall confine in a railway car, motor vehicle, aircraft or vessel:

1. (a) equines, swine or other monogastric animals for longer than 36 hours.

Between the dates of December 2005 and May 2006, shipments of live chickens were transported between Saskatchewan and British Columbia. Upon arrival in B.C., a large number of birds per shipment were found dead, as identified by CFIA Veterinarians and Inspectors at three B.C. processing plants. The violations occurred after the CFIA contacted the company in December 2005 and advised them that transporting birds in excess of 36 hours was a violation of the Health of Animals Regulations.

The Health of Animals Act and Regulations regulates the humane treatment of animals during transportation. This is done by prescribing maximum periods of transport and by requiring that transporters ensure the protection of animals from injury or death due to overcrowding and temperature extremes.

The CFIA is responsible for enforcing a variety of federal legislation including the Health of Animals Act and its regulations. The CFIA's jurisdiction is limited to the enforcement of these Acts and their Regulations. It protects consumers by contributing to food safety, the protection of plants and the health of animals in Canada.

- 30 -

For more information, please contact:

Mark Clarke
CFIA, Communications Officer
604-666-1357