Stop Criminalizing Animal Rights Activists

Target: Ted Arnott, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario

Goal: Stop criminalizing activists for investigating and exposing animal abuse.

The Ontario government recently passed an ag-gag law that inhibits whistle-blowing on animal abuse. This law limits investigating animal abuse on industrial farms and restricts the right to protest animal cruelty. Higher fines and stricter rules over trespassing criminalize anyone who attempts to investigate animal abuse in factory farms. Journalists, employees, and animal rights advocates are being prevented from calling out animal cruelty.

In the United States many ag-gag laws have been struck down in the name of free speech. Canada also grants its citizens the right to free speech in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Preventing the investigation of animal abuse and criminalizing journalists goes against the right to free speech. Industrial farms should not be allowed to conceal how they treat animals.

Large scale farming has long exhibited cruelty to animals, but hidden it from the public. Animals in factory farms are often packed together so tightly they cannot move and experience constant stress and fear. The conditions of factory farms are inhumane and animal rights activists have been protesting them for decades.

The new ag-gag law in Ontario makes it even more challenging for advocates to fight against these horrible practices. This legislation makes it illegal to interact with animals as they are transported to slaughter and to investigate farms without the farmer’s consent. The law claims to protect animals from trespassers, but instead it allows animals to continue to be abused and exploited. It shouldn’t be illegal for activists to expose animal abuse. Sign the petition to demand that Ontario protect the free speech of animal rights advocates.


Dear Speaker Arnott,

House Bill 156 limits access to factory farms and raises penalties for trespassing, which criminalizes journalists. This violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which includes the right to free speech. Protecting industrial farms by curtailing the free speech of journalists and activists only harms animals. Canadians have a right to know where their food comes from.

This law does nothing to protect animals, instead it criminalizes those who are trying to help them. Stop allowing industrial farms to conceal inhumane conditions. I demand that you terminate this law to protect the free speech of animal rights activists.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Mercy For Animals Canada

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  1. This is unbelievably horrific!! Who’s going to protect the animals? Ford said this is to protect farmers…. fuck that!!! They don’t need protection!!! The voiceless animals do!!! That comment of his infuriated me!!! This law must be revoked!! How is it we’re going backwards with animal rights?! I am sooo disappointed in Ontario letting down helpless animals and the only people (with a heart) protecting and speaking up for these animals!! This is why I didn’t vote for the heartless PC who don’t care about animals or our planet only about money. This law must be abolished NOW!! Be a voice for those without! We the people demand this law be revoked now!! Ford has this backwards… we need to protect the animals not the farmers!!

  2. David Coleman says:

    You may have the right of free speech but you don’t have the right to trespass. When you break the law you are a criminal period. The people who are hungry don’t consider it cruel to raise food in the manner that makes it affordable for them to eat.

    • There are already trespass laws. These are specifically meant to hide what goes on behind closed doors of factory farms. And the flesh you choose to eat is cheap only because the government subsidizes the industry to the tune of billions of dollars. Tax-payers have a right to know what is being done with their money. Besides the horrific cruelty, animal agriculture causes more green-house gases than all forms of transportation combined, is responsible for environmental degradation, habitat & species loss, ocean acidification, wastes resources such as fresh water and has negative human health impacts. Factory farms also check off all of the boxes when it comes to conditions perfect for the emergence of new viruses. We should be helping farmers to transition to plant-based agriculture and the flesh eaters can wait until lab-grown meat hits the market – which shouldn’t be too long from now.

  3. Patrick Butler says:

    Animals deserve and NEED witnesses to cruelty…and they need people to speak up for them! To deny them this is barbaric and savage!

  4. Affordable?? Grains and veggies are cheap.
    No one has to eat meat.
    No one nothing has to die. For you to feel full or feel happy.
    Life is beautiful. Stop killing it!!

    • Loretta Kessler says:

      Exactly. Beyond burger with lettuce tomato avocado is heaven. NO ONE needs to eat meat.

    • Mary J Zambrana says:

      Bravo! Well said all you who respect and value all life. Being a vegetarian or vegan is not only saving our lives, it saves our cohabitants on Earth.

  5. Belinda Bolden says:

    Stop Criminalizing Animal Rights Activists and start criminalizing the people who actually commit these heinous acts on animals!!!

  6. Jacqui Skill says:


  7. Rick and Sue Ogden says:

    Yep, money talks and you can bet the spineless and selfish toadies-in-waiting will be only happy to take the money and run. What cowards the big ag people are. They would look the other way in a heartbeat while their own mothers were being abused if they thought they could stay in business and make another nickle.If they have nothing to hide they would be cool about letting the public look around. If they have reason to be secretive you can bet they have plenty to hide. And 99% have plenty to hide.

  8. Caroline Dinnage says:

    America, you’re going backwards and turning into barbarians! What is wrong with you?
    Heartless, uncaring, cruel, is this the message you want the world to know about the US?

  9. Loretta Kessler says:

    Humans are such monsters to treat living beings with such horrific cruelty. No animal is safe. Humans are the most dangerous animals on the planet bar none.

  10. Back off and stop harassing animal rights activists.OR ELSE!!Support them.No wonder the USA is in such a mess when stupid,uneducated ,animal hating morons like the current Ontario government go out of their way to support animal abuse ,instead of protecting these poor defenceless animals!

  11. Stop criminalizing activists for investigating and exposing the unimaginable torture, suffering and an agonising death of the precious and helpless animals.

  12. these monsters are barbarians – devil brood –

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