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CVMA Submits Comments on Proposed Amendments to Federal Health of Animals Regulations Pertaining to Humane Transport

March 8, 2017

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) submitted its comments to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on the Federal Regulations Amending the Health of Animals Regulations (Part XII) Statutory authority Vol. 150, No. 49 within the public comment deadline of February 15, 2017.

The CVMA has been a strong advocate for regulatory amendments to the federal Health of Animals Act that would address gaps in the current transport regulations.  

In a letter to Mr. Paul Glover, CFIA President, the CVMA expressed its support for the general direction being taken by the proposed Regulations, but also listed further modifications to ensure that the new Regulations are effective and meaningful in strengthening the humane treatment of animals during transport. 

Overall, the CVMA strongly supports the reduction in the time intervals that animals may be transported without feed, water and rest, however, it is the CVMA’s opinion that the proposed maximum intervals for animals are still longer than they should be.  

The CVMA believes that multiple approaches are required to ensure that animals arrive at destinations alive and that suffering has not occurred along the way. In addition to proposed outcome-based measurements, the CVMA believes that weight must be given to current scientific knowledge and research, and professional veterinary advice and opinion with respect to assessing suffering and enforcing Regulations. 

Read the full letter here.

The CVMA encourages the federal government to dedicate the necessary resources for enforcement, training and research in order to implement and sustain the new Regulations so as to achieve the desired Canadian animal welfare outcomes.  

As Canada’s national voice for professional veterinary expertise in Canada, the CVMA looks forward to receiving more information on how the proposed Regulations will be enhanced and/or policies developed to address the concerns expressed above.   

The CVMA remains a leading advocate for animal welfare in Canada, through actively advocating for and promoting the humane raising, handling and transportation of animals, developing relevant position statements on, for example, animal abuse and humane slaughter and contributing to the Scientific and Code of Practice Development committees of the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC).