Humane transport and animal welfare

20 FEB 2019 - Government of Canada announces changes to humane transport requirements under the Health of Animals Regulations


News release February 20, 2019, Ottawa, ON - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) understands the importance of the health and wellbeing of animals to Canadians and the Canadian economy. Today marks an important achievement with the publication of amendments to the Health of Animals Regulations (Part XII) on animal transportation.


The amendments are the product of extensive consultations with farm groups, transporters, members of the public and interested groups, which resulted in an unprecedented number of responses to the CFIA's proposals. They also take into account the latest research on animal transportation and international standards. By establishing clear and science-informed requirements, the regulations better reflect the needs of animals and improve overall animal welfare in Canada... <read more>


Regulations Amending the Health of Animals Regulations: SOR/2019-38 

Canada Gazette, Part II, Volume 153, Number 4  Registration  SOR/2019-38 February 1, 2019 HEALTH OF ANIMALS ACT


152.2 (1) No person shall load, confine or transport an animal in or unload an animal from a conveyance or container, or cause one to be so loaded, confined, transported or unloaded, unless the person provides the animal with feed, safe water and rest at intervals that do not exceed the following:

(c) 28 hours for equines and porcines; [current time maximum (hours) is 36]


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Le gouvernement du Canada annonce des modifications aux exigences en matière de transport sans cruauté prévues dans le Règlement sur la santé des animaux


Le 20 février 2019, Ottawa ON L'Agence canadienne d'inspection des aliments (ACIA) comprend l'importance que revêtent la santé et le bien être des animaux pour les Canadiens et l'économie canadienne. Aujourd'hui, la publication des modifications au Règlement sur la santé des animaux (partie XII) concernant le transport des animaux est une importante réalisation.


Ces modifications sont le fruit de consultations exhaustives auprès de groupements professionnels agricoles, de transporteurs, de membres du public et de groupes d'intérêts particuliers. Les propositions de l'ACIA ont donné lieu à un nombre sans précédent de réponses. Elles tiennent également compte des plus récentes recherches sur le transport des animaux et des normes internationales. Grâce à des exigences claires fondées sur des principes scientifiques, la réglementation tient mieux compte des besoins des animaux et permet d'améliorer le bien être global des animaux au Canada... <lire la suite>

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