Notice to Industry – Proposed amendments to the Health of Animals Regulations (Humane Transport)

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December 5, 2016 – Ottawa, ON - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to the Health of Animals Regulations: Part XII which deals with humane transportation.

The amendments appeared in the Canada Gazette, Part I on December 3, 2016 and the public comment period will run until February 15, 2017.

Proposed amendments would:

  • Provide clarification by adding definitions (for example, definitions for compromised and unfit animals) and establish clear end results for industry and transporters to better understand what is required;
  • Reduce the time intervals that animals in transport can be without access to food, water and rest;
  • Establish clear end results that better reflect animals' needs and current industry practices; and
  • Better align with Canada's international trading partners and the OIE animal welfare standards for animals transported by land, air, and sea.

Comments should be submitted by February 15, 2017 to:

Dr. Cornelius F. Kiley
National Manager
Animal Welfare, Biosecurity and Assurance Programs Section
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
3rd Floor West, Room 231
59 Camelot Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0Y9
Tel: 613-773-7053
Fax: 613-773-7567

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