Laws about the transport of animals are made and enforced by the federal government. These laws are weak and do not account for what we know about animal suffering during transport. With over 700 million animals transported each year, the investigation into cases of animal suffering is inadequate.
CFIA Update to Transportation of Animals section of the Health of Animals Regulation
The ‘What We Heard’ report has been released from the recent CFIA consultation on an update to transport laws for animals. Read the report.
While we wait for the final regulations to be released, we are hopeful that these findings will be incorporated:
- More specific requirements for the number of animals compared to the space available (loading density)
- Shortened intervals between access to food, water and rest
- Restrictions on maximum and minimum temperatures within the transport vehicles
What causes pain and suffering in transport?
- Too many animals loaded onto vehicles. This results in injuries and sometimes even suffocation.
- Sometimes animals freeze or overheat to the point of death. This is because transport happens in adverse weather conditions, with no temperature control required.
- Rough handling is used when untrained people try to speed up the loading process.
- Long periods of time with no food, water or rest. Some animals are transported for so long that they become dehydrated.
Get involved in changing how animals are transported
- Ask Canada’s Agriculture Minister to provide more enforcement for the Transportation of Animals section of the Health of Animals Regulations. Send a message to the Agriculture Minister.
- Subscribe to action alerts and get an email when there is a chance to ask the federal government to improve the laws.