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SPECIAL UPDATE

Maple Lodge Farms sentencing:
Minimum $1M in improvements,
$80,000 in fines

Maple Lodge Farms was sentenced Thursday March 27th at a Brampton, Ontario courthouse following a two-year trial involving 2 of 60 charges laid by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The charges related to transport violations causing "undue suffering" to birds.

Maple Lodge Farms will be required to spend “no less than one million dollars” to make improvements to their vehicles, company facilities, transport methods, policies and procedures during a three-year probation order. In addition, the company was fined $80,000.

The sentencing was designed to ensure Maple Lodge Farms' future compliance with Health of Animals RegulationsIt is a hopeful sign that CFIA and the court are taking the case seriously, as it is one involving wide-scale suffering and thousands of bird deaths.

You can read the court sentencing documents here.

And read the Calgary Herald's report on the sentencing here.
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The Maple Lodge Farms trial was followed closely by the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals (CCFA) and Animal Alliance of Canada (AAC), who attended every court session over two years, and purchased the court transcripts. 
 
CCFA and AAC documented the two-year trial in a report titled Economics over Animal Welfare: Production, Transport and Slaughter of Chickens in Canada. Read the report here.
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