The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) wants to hear from companies that handle live animals.
Last year, CFIA began the process of re-examining Part XII of the Health of Animals Regulations – Transportation of Animals (Regulations), with an eye toward amending the rules.
However, the first effort “did not yield a sufficient response level to support completing the mandatory analysis for the sector and regulatory proposal,” the agency said. It therefore could not “ analyze the potential incremental costs associated with the proposed changes to feed, water, and rest for porcine and equine species.”
CFIA says a review of the regulations is necessary because “Canada’s current humane transportation Regulations no longer reflect current industry practices, current science, or societal expectations. Public perception and livestock industry practices have changed.”
Separate questionnaires have been created to gather information from land (trucking), ocean and air carriers about the number of live animal shipments they handle, their rest and feeding schedules, and the costs associated with moving the livestock.
The deadline for answering and submitting the questionnaire is September 30, 2014.