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Health of Animals Regulations (C.R.C., c. 296)

Regulations are current to 2020-06-17 and last amended on 2020-04-23. Previous Versions

PART XIITransport of Animals (continued)

Vessels (continued)

 If the duration of the transport of the livestock and poultry is expected to exceed six hours, the sea carrier or vessel master shall, at least 24 hours before the departure, provide a veterinary inspector with the following information:

  • (a) the planned date and time of departure from the port of origin and arrival at the destination;

  • (b) the name of the person who will be in charge of caring for the livestock and poultry; and

  • (c) the procedures for communication that would allow the person who is in charge of caring for the livestock and poultry to obtain veterinary advice as required during transport.

  • SOR/2019-38, s. 2

 No person shall confine or transport livestock and poultry on a vessel, or cause them to be confined or transported on a vessel, in the vicinity of an engine casing or any boiler room casing if it is likely to cause the livestock or poultry to suffer, sustain an injury or die unless the casing is covered and insulated to prevent that suffering, injury or death.

  • SOR/2019-38, s. 2

Feed, Safe Water and Rest

 At the time of loading an animal for transport, a commercial carrier or any other person transporting the animal in the course of business or for financial benefit shall determine the date, time and place where the animal was last fed, watered and rested.

  • SOR/2019-38, s. 2
  • SOR/2019-99, s. 18(F)
  •  (1) No person shall load, confine or transport an animal in a conveyance or container, or cause one to be so loaded, confined or transported, unless the person provides the animal with

    • (a) feed of an appropriate type for its species, age and condition and in amounts that are sufficient to prevent a nutritional deficit;

    • (b) safe water in amounts that are sufficient to prevent the animal from becoming dehydrated; and

    • (c) rest that is appropriate for its species, age and condition to prevent the animal from suffering from exhaustion.

  • (2) In order to meet the requirements set out in subsection (1), every person who loads, confines or transports an animal in a conveyance or container shall monitor the animal on a regular basis.

  • SOR/2019-38, s. 2
  •  (1) No person shall load, confine or transport an animal in or unload an animal from a conveyance or container, or cause one to be so loaded, confined, transported or unloaded, unless the person provides the animal with feed, safe water and rest at intervals that do not exceed the following:

    • (a) 12 hours for any compromised animals;

    • (b) in the case of safe water, 24 hours for broiler chickens, spent laying hens and rabbits and in the case of feed and rest for those animals, 28 hours;

    • (c) 28 hours for equines and porcines; and

    • (d) 36 hours for all other animals.

  • (2) Despite subsection (1), no person shall load, confine or transport newly hatched poultry in or unload such animals from a conveyance or container, or cause them to be so loaded, confined, transported or unloaded, unless the person provides them with feed, safe water and rest within 72 hours after the time of hatching.

  • (3) Despite subsection (1), no person shall load, confine or transport ruminants that are too young to be fed exclusively on hay and grain and livestock, camelids or cervids of eight days of age or less in or unload such animals from a conveyance or container, or cause them to be so loaded, confined, transported or unloaded, unless the person provides them with feed, safe water and rest within 12 hours after the time they were last provided with feed, safe water and rest prior to loading.

  • (4) For the purposes of subsection (1), an interval begins

    • (a) in the case of feed, when the animal was last fed;

    • (b) in the case of safe water, when the animal was last given safe water; and

    • (c) in the case of rest, when the animal was last rested for a minimum of eight consecutive hours.

  • SOR/2019-38, s. 2

 Every person who loads, confines or transports an animal in or unloads an animal from a conveyance or container shall ensure that the following conditions are met whenever the conveyance is stopped for the purpose of providing feed, safe water and rest to the animal:

  • (a) equipment that is designed, constructed and maintained to feed and water the animal is used;

  • (b) sufficient space is provided to allow the animal to lie down without lying on top of other animals;

  • (c) floors that are well-drained and clean are provided so that the animal is not likely to trip, slip, fall, suffer, sustain an injury or die;

  • (d) sufficient straw or other bedding is provided so that the animal is not likely to suffer, sustain an injury or die;

  • (e) sufficient straw or other bedding is provided so that the animal is kept clean and dry;

  • (f) protection from meteorological and environmental conditions is provided so that the animal is not likely to suffer, sustain an injury or die; and

  • (g) adequate ventilation is provided so that the animal is not likely to suffer, sustain an injury or die.

  • SOR/2019-38, s. 2
  •  (1) Section 152.2 does not apply in the case of an animal that is loaded, confined or transported in a conveyance if the conveyance meets the following conditions:

    • (a) it is equipped with a dispensing system that is designed, constructed and maintained so that feed is available to the animal as required;

    • (b) it is equipped with a dispensing system that is designed, constructed and maintained so that safe water is available to the animal at all times;

    • (c) it is equipped with forced ventilation that is designed, constructed, maintained and used so that adequate ventilation is provided to the animal at all times;

    • (d) it is equipped with a rigid exterior with adjustable venting that is designed, constructed, maintained and used so that adequate ventilation is provided to the animal and the animal is protected from meteorological and environmental conditions at all times;

    • (e) it is equipped with a system that electronically monitors and records temperatures and humidity in the parts of the conveyance where the animal is most likely to be exposed to temperatures and humidity that would likely cause the animal to suffer, sustain an injury or die;

    • (f) it is equipped with a system that alerts the person operating the conveyance when a set high or low temperature or humidity reading in the conveyance is reached;

    • (g) it has sufficient space to allow the animal to lie down without lying on top of other animals;

    • (h) it has floors that are well-drained and clean so that the animal is not likely to trip, slip, fall, suffer, sustain an injury or die;

    • (i) it has sufficient straw or other bedding so that the animal is not likely to suffer, sustain an injury or die; and

    • (j) it has sufficient straw or other bedding so that the animal is kept clean and dry.

  • (2) Section 152.2 does not apply in the case of an animal that is loaded, confined or transported in a container that is in a conveyance that meets the conditions set out in subsection (1) if the container meets the following conditions:

    • (a) it is designed, constructed and maintained so that the animal in the container is able to access the feed dispensed by the feed dispensing system on the conveyance;

    • (b) it is designed, constructed and maintained so that the animal in the container is able to access, at all times, the safe water dispensed by the safe water dispensing system on the conveyance;

    • (c) it is designed, constructed and maintained so that the animal in the container is provided with adequate ventilation at all times;

    • (d) it has sufficient space to allow the animal to lie down without lying on top of other animals;

    • (e) it has floors that are well-drained and clean so that the animal is not likely to trip, slip, fall, suffer, sustain an injury or die;

    • (f) except in the case of rabbits and poultry, it has sufficient straw or other bedding so that the animal is not likely to suffer, sustain an injury or die; and

    • (g) it has sufficient straw or other bedding so that the animal is kept clean and dry.

  • SOR/2019-38, s. 2

Transfer of Care

  •  (1) No person who transports an animal shall leave the animal at a slaughter establishment or assembly centre unless the person has provided the consignee with a written notice that the animal has arrived at the slaughter establishment or assembly centre and a document that contains the following information:

    • (a) the condition of the animal on arrival;

    • (b) the date and time when and the place where the animal was last fed, watered and rested; and

    • (c) the date and time of arrival of the animal at the slaughter establishment or assembly centre.

  • (2) The responsibility for the care of the animal is transferred from the person who transports the animal to the consignee as soon as the consignee acknowledges receipt of the notice and document.

  • (3) For greater certainty, the consignee who assumes responsibility for the care of an animal shall comply with the requirements with respect to feed, water and rest set out in sections 152.1 and 152.2.

  • SOR/78-69, s. 36
  • SOR/97-85, s. 83
  • SOR/98-409, s. 14(F)
  • SOR/2019-38, s. 2
 
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