Notification of charges laid against Karley Sinclair under the Health of Animals Act and Regulations

April 25, 2019, Ottawa – On April 15, 2019, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) laid two charges under the Health of Animals Act and three charges under the Health of Animals Regulations against Karley Sinclair, operating as Clair Lane Stock Farm of Fergus, Ontario.

Charges under the Health of Animals Act allege that between February 25, 2017 and February 24, 2018, Karley Sinclair knowingly imported bovine semen into Canada, without presenting it to an inspector, officer or customs officer at the time of importation, and furthermore, that between March 9, 2018 and May 10, 2018 Karley Sinclair possessed an animal or thing imported in contravention of the Act.

Charges under the Health of Animals Regulations allege that between February 25, 2017 and February 24, 2018, Karley Sinclair knowingly imported germplasm, in the form of bovine semen into Canada, without a permit, and on March 11, and March 19, 2018, Karley Sinclair allegedly exported bovine semen that did not meet the importation requirements of the country to which it was exported, namely the United States of America.

Karley Sinclair will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, at 36 Wyndham Street South, Guelph, Ontario at 9:30am on May 28, 2019, in Courtroom 2.

CFIA is responsible for the administration and enforcement of federal legislation, acts and regulations, including the Food and Drugs Act. CFIA is dedicated to safeguarding food, animal, and plant health, which enhances the health and well-being of Canada's people, environment, and economy.

CFIA issues notifications of charges laid to inform the public when charges have been laid by CFIA's Enforcement and Investigation Services (EIS). Charges are laid by EIS after the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) decides to prosecute the charges. This notice is part of our commitment to openness and transparency, and ongoing efforts to increase awareness of our role in encouraging compliance with the various acts and regulations. In all cases, the subject of charges is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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