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Health of Animals Regulations

Version of section 139 from 2020-02-20 to 2020-06-17:

  •  (1) Subject to subsections (2) to (5), no person shall load, confine or transport an animal that is unfit, or cause one to be loaded, confined or transported, in a conveyance or container.

  • (2) An unfit animal may be loaded and confined in a conveyance or container and be directly transported to and unloaded at a place, other than a slaughter establishment or assembly centre, where it can receive veterinary care if

    • (a) it is individually loaded and unloaded without having to negotiate any ramps inside the conveyance;

    • (b) it is isolated during confinement and transport;

    • (c) measures are taken to prevent the animal’s unnecessary suffering, injury or death during loading, confinement, transport and unloading; and

    • (d) a veterinarian recommends that the animal be transported to receive veterinary care.

  • (3) An unfit animal may be loaded and confined in a conveyance or container and be directly transported to and unloaded at an assembly centre where it can receive veterinary care if the unfit animal is seized and detained under a provincial or federal Act and the requirements set out in paragraphs (2)(a) to (d) are met.

  • (4) Every person who confines or transports an animal that becomes unfit during confinement or transport in a container or conveyance, other than a vessel, shall take reasonable measures as soon as possible to prevent the animal’s unnecessary suffering, injury or death and, as soon as possible,

    • (a) transport the animal directly to the nearest place where it can receive care or be humanely killed; or

    • (b) if the animal is not transported to the nearest place, humanely kill the animal in the conveyance.

  • (5) If an animal becomes unfit during confinement or transport while on board a vessel, the vessel master or a veterinarian shall, as soon as possible,

    • (a) take reasonable measures to prevent the animal’s unnecessary suffering, injury or death or cause such reasonable measures to be taken by a person on board the vessel who is trained to provide care to the animals and provide care to the animal or cause care to be provided to the animal by a person on board the vessel who is trained to provide care to the animals; or

    • (b) if reasonable measures are not taken and care is not provided, cause the animal to be humanely killed by a person on board the vessel who is trained to use humane killing devices.

  • SOR/97-85, s. 77
  • SOR/2019-38, s. 2
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