Original language of petition: English
The Government of Canada takes the issue of animal welfare very seriously and is very conscious of the need for the humane treatment and handling of animals throughout all life stages.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) ensures that farm animal welfare is science-based and relates to two distinct areas of its operating mandate: transportation and slaughter. Under its federal mandate, the role of the CFIA is to verify that livestock is transported, handled, and slaughtered in a humane manner.
Modernized humane transportation regulations came into effect on February 20, 2020. These regulations reflect updated requirements such as container construction, prevention of overcrowding and the compatibility of the animals being shipped to support the safe and humane transport of livestock by carriers (including air).
The requirement for the segregation of horses over 14 hands, which appears in the previous version of the Health of Animals Regulations, has been replaced with requirements which take into account the compatibility of the animals, rather than a specified height.
The current version of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animal Regulations provide a draft horse exemption to the container requirements. Live horse shipments by air are being inspected for compliance with the current Health of Animals and IATA regulations. CFIA veterinarians and inspectors are present at each air shipment of horses and verify industry compliance prior to departure. The updated regulations also lowered the maximum times that horses can be transported without feed, water and rest. The CFIA is currently focusing on compliance promotion for the feed, water and rest provisions of the regulations that reduce the maximum time for horses to 28 hours. The shipments from the Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg airports are able to comply with the requirements.
Only validated signatures are counted towards the total number of signatures.
|Province / Territory||Signatures|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||22|
|Prince Edward Island||31|