CFIA lays charges over cattle shipments to U.S.

Three cattle operations and a veterinarian in western Manitoba have been charged for allegedly failing to accurately record ages of cattle shipped to the United States.

Lisa Gauthier, a spokesperson for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, said in an email that the charges under the Health of Animals Act and Regulations were approved by prosecutors after execution of a search warrant in April 2010 on four premises near Neepawa and Brandon.

With the case now before the courts, Gauthier wouldn’t provide details of the matter in question, other than the exact charges and the names of those charged.

Premises searched by RCMP included those of Brydges + Taylor Veterinary Hospital, Mowat Livestock, D.A.M. Cattle Buyers, and J. Quintaine+ Son, in the Rural Municipalities of Elton and Langford and the town of Neepawa.

Based on the CFIA’s two-year investigation, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada approved charges that relate to the "inaccurate recording" of the ages of bovines exported or destined for export to the U.S.

Dr. Fawcett Taylor of Neepawa has been charged with refusing or neglecting to perform a duty imposed upon him under Section 34 of the Health of Animals Act. The performance of this duty relates to duties carried out by an accredited CFIA veterinarian.

Taylor, along with Mowat Livestock Ltd., D.A.M. Cattle Buyers Ltd., Douglas Adam Mowat and Donna Michelle Mowat have been charged with exporting a number of cattle that did not meet U.S. import requirements, as per Canada’s Health of Animals Regulations.¿

J. Quintaine + Son Ltd., P. Quintaine + Son Ltd. and James Harold Quintaine have also been charged with exporting a number of cattle that did not meet the import requirements of the U.S. in contravention of the same regulations.

The charges were sworn in Provincial Court in Winnipeg on Sept. 26, 2011 and on Nov 1, 2011. The case was remanded until March 6.

— Daniel Winters is a reporter with the Manitoba Co-operator at Oak Lake, Man. The full version of this article appeared in the March 1, 2012 Co-operator (page 51).

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