Humane Transport / Animal Welfare
Protecting animal welfare in Canada is a shared responsibility between governments (federal, provincial and territorial), and industry (producers, transporters and staff in registered slaughter establishments). Canadian provinces and territories have the primary responsibility for protecting the welfare of animals, including farm animals.
Laws and Regulations
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for the welfare of animals during transport, as specified in the requirements of the Health of Animal Regulations, which governs the humane transportation of animals in Canada.
Humane Transportation of Animals: Transport Information for the General Public
Canadian provinces and territories have the primary responsibility for protecting the welfare of animals, including farm animals. All provinces and territories have laws in respect to animal welfare.
Codes of Practice for the Care and Handling of Farm Animals
The Codes of Practice are nationally developed guidelines for the care and handling of farm animals. Canada’s code development process is led by the National Farm Animal Care Council.
The current Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Farm Animals: Transportation was released in 2001.
Putting preventive measures in place to keep animals healthy has been a long-standing and successful practice on Canadian farms. Biosecurity planning helps to ensure that practices routinely carried out on your farm are beneficial to animal health.
National biosecurity standards
The CFIA develops national biosecurity standards, protocols and strategies designed to protect animal resources in collaboration with producer organizations, provincial/territorial governments, and academia.