Animal Transport Regulations -11 years is too long
By Kayleigh Jooste - Officer, Resource Development
Canada’s transportation regulations are dangerously outdated and cause the deaths of more than 1.6 million farm animals each year by freezing, dehydration, heat exhaustion, trampling and disease.
For more than 10 years, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has been working to update its animal transportation regulations for farm animals. Recently, 18 months after the public comment period closed on the CFIA’s proposed regulations, in August 2018, the government released its “What we heard” account of what was said about the draft regulations by more than 11,000 Canadians.
The release of the overdue public consultation report on farm animal transportation regulations is a start. But, after an 11-year process, we are still waiting for the government to protect farm animals in transit on Canadian roads by releasing the updated animal transportation regulations themselves.
Canada needs a fundamental shift when it comes to the transportation of farm animals. We can’t keep thinking of animals only as freight or a financial investment. They are living, breathing creatures who deserve to be protected by regulations that are modern, supported by science and meet or exceed international standards.
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