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CVMA Presents Amendments to Health of Animals Regulations (Humane Transportation) at the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food

April 28, 2017

Dr. Michael Cockram, a member of the Animal Welfare Committee of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), appeared on behalf of the CVMA as a witness at the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food (AGRI) on April 4, 2017.

Dr. Cockram is a Professor at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, with his main area of research on the transportation of animals. He addressed CVMA’s three main comments on the proposed regulatory amendments. They are as follows:

  1. Fitness of animals for transportation;
  2. Intervals that animals may be transported without feed, water and rest; and
  3. Suffering in animals during transportation

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

The CVMA expressed its support for the general direction being taken by the proposed Regulations. However, the CVMA is strongly of the opinion that modifications are necessary to ensure that the new Regulations are effective and meaningful in strengthening the humane treatment of animals during transport.

The CVMA looks forward to working with the various stakeholders to develop solutions to the challenges of transporting animals, bringing to the table its knowledge, skills and experience as veterinarians.

  • You can view full detail of the meeting (meeting 51) here
  • Find a copy of his presentation to the Standing Committee here

In February 2017, the CVMA submitted comments on the proposed amendments to Mr. Paul Glover, President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Read more: