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At taxpayer expense | The Journal of Montreal

In the fall of 2018, there was an outbreak of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a private farm in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge.

It will be remembered that nearly 3000 deer were then killed. In this type of scenario, the federal government, via the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), pays compensation when it orders the slaughter of a farm because a disease has been detected there. There are already several million dollars at stake.

Even worse

The Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks (MFFP) has undertaken, in a vast operation, to reduce to a minimum the risk of the spread of this disease in the hinterland. Since then, the MFFP has implemented an ambitious action plan on the ground involving interventions carried out by wildlife protection officers, wildlife technicians and biologists from the Ministry. These operations of surveillance of hunting activities, public awareness, sampling of slaughtered game, monitoring of animal populations, recovery of animals with signs related to CWD and slaughter of wild animals that have in the enclosures where the disease has emerged, are made from the budgets of the Ministry, that is to say at the expense of the taxpayers.

Responsibility

Several citizens and elected officials from the sector concerned, such as the mayor of Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, Tom Arnold, are wondering when the owner of this farm will have to take full responsibility for these events. Since the start of the outbreak of MDC in this farm in the Laurentians, the Quebec community has assumed full responsibility for the implementation of the operations necessary to control this disease.

A fairly recent example bears witness to the situation that persists in this case. Citizens observed the presence of wild deer inside one of the enclosures of the farm in question. They quickly informed the Municipality, which immediately contacted the MFFP. A mixed team moved to the scene to intervene. Three deer then had to be killed because they had entered this enclosure. The analysis results showed that the roe deer that could be analyzed did not have CWD. This simple intervention took place at the breeder’s, by the employees of the MFFP, once again at the expense of the princess, to use the popular expression.

“Why should it be only Quebec taxpayers who have to pay for the management of a crisis initiated within the framework of the exercises of a private company? asks the mayor of Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, Tom Arnold. The latter had a new law passed with the objective of prohibiting the breeding of animals elsewhere than in a specific area of ​​his municipality, and this, in a closed building surrounded by double fences to ensure that this nightmarish situation does not start again. .