From: TSS ()
Subject: Elk farmer fined for breaching act (CWD TESTING)
Date: May 24, 2005 at 1:54 pm PST
Elk farmer fined for breaching act
Wednesday May 25, 2005
Drayton Valley Western Review — A crisis brought on by the threat of chronic wasting disease (CWD) led an Alder Flats elk farmer to cut corners with the Livestock Industry Diversification Act and that, in turn, led to an appearance in Drayton Valley provincial court.
Stuart Alan Hare pleaded guilty to four charges under the act, which governs the operation of farms raising non-traditional animals. Defence counsel Doug Holman said Hare, 39, had begun raising elk in 1997.
Things had gone well at first, but the arrival of CWD in the province had put a serious dent in the elk business. Hare had held on as long as he could, but had failed to renew his game farm licence in both 2003 and 2004. Eventually he had been forced to destroy all but a few animals.
“The whole situation caused him enormous stress,” said Holman. “He couldn’t afford to feed the animals so he had to put them down. . . He lost hope and didn’t fulfil his responsibilities under the act.”
Among those responsibilities was the obligation to submit the heads of any slaughtered animals to the province for CWD testing.
Judge R.W. Bradley said he could relate to the position Hare had found himself in. Bradley was born during the Great Depression of the 1930s.
“I’m not unfamiliar with the type of circumstances you are describing,” he said.
Hare, who could have been fined more than $100,000 for the offences, was fined at total of $8,000.
“I do have sympathy for the circumstances in which he found himself,” said Bradley.
>Among those responsibilities was the obligation to submit the heads of any slaughtered animals to the province for CWD testing. <
in my opinion he probably knew what his responsibilities
were about CWD testing of the heads. he probably knew
some had been infected with CWD and did not want that
responsibility piled on top of his other problems. ...