Three cattle operations and a local veterinarian have been charged for allegedly failing to accurately record the 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 following the execution of a search warrant in April of 2010 on four premises near Neepawa and Brandon.
Gauthier refused to provide details of the matter in question, other than the exact charges and the names of those charged.
“As the matter is now before the courts, it would not be appropriate for the CFIA to comment further on this issue,” Gauthier said.
The premises searched by RCMP included Brydges & Taylor Veterinary Hospital, Mowat Livestock, D.A.M. Cattle Buyers, and J. Quintaine & Son, in the RMs 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 United States.
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.
Dr. Taylor, 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 the import requirements of the United States in contravention of Subsection 69 (1)(b) of the 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 United States in contravention of Subsection 69 (1)(b) of the Health of Animals 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.