NAEBA Opposes CFIA’s Proposed Rules for Animal Transport
February 1, 2017
The North American Elk Breeders Association recently voiced its concern regarding proposed animal transport rules suggested by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Canadian law includes a list of requirements for animal transport. Late last fall, the agency announced several proposed changes.
The changes were open to a public comment period that lasted until February 15. NAEBA submitted its concerns as well as urged its members in the northern region to do the same. NAEBA believes the proposed rules contain ambiguous language as well as parameters that prevent commerce. NAEBA supports and promotes humane and safe transport of animals. However, the proposed changes are very ambiguous, which will directly result in varying opinions of how to interpret the requirements. The proposed regulations will also prohibit commerce within parts of the elk industry. The proposed change to lower the maximum travel interval from 52 to 36 hours effectively cuts the nation in half for commerce. NAEBA has members from northern Alberta to Quebec. It is common for elk to be transported from one end of the country to another. Transporters will take precautions to ensure the animals are able to be comfortable and rest during the entire duration trip. If not, the animal’s stress would threaten their health. Our producers do not want to risk health of their animals (assets) so they take this very seriously