Health of Animals Regulations Part XII: Transportation of Animals-Regulatory Amendment – Interpretive Guidance for Regulated Parties
4.1 Regulatory Authority
Health of Animals Regulations: Section 138 (1)-(3)
4.2 Required Outcomes
Every commercial carrier shall train its employees and agents who are involved directly or indirectly in the loading, transporting or unloading to ensure that they are trained to carry out their duties in compliance to transport animals in a manner that prevents injury, suffering or death.
4.3 Guidance to Regulated Parties
Each person involved in and responsible for operating a conveyance with live animals on board must be trained and know how loading, protecting, preparing, monitoring and driving affect animals during transport and has the appropriate skills to drive the conveyance with an animal load in a way to minimize the negative effects on the animals. Training must include knowledge of:
- The transported animal's needs;
- normal and abnormal behavior;
- signs of discomfort, stress or suffering;
- humane handling (movement and restraint) and transport of animals (loading densities, equipment);
- the carrier's contingency plan; and
- the risks associated with the transportation of animals to competently carry out specific tasks to cope with the risks should they occur.
There are a number of ways to obtain required skills and knowledge, including formalized training and mentorship.
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