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Part I. Ante-mortem Examination Procedures – Food Animals

  • 1. In the case of a food animal, other than a game animal, rabbit or a bird, that is not an ostrich, rhea or emu, the ante-mortem examination of each animal must be conducted once unloaded from the conveyance and in a manner that includes examining the animal from both sides and from the head and the rear while in motion for the purpose of identifying any deviation from the normal physiology, behavior or appearance in the animal.
  • 2. In the case of a food animal that is an equine, the ante-mortem examination includes the examination of each equine in accordance with the procedures in section 1 and the examination of the food animal information documents accompanying each equine.
  • 3. In the case of a food animal that is a bird, other than an ostrich, rhea or emu, the ante-mortem examination, for the purpose of identifying any deviation from the normal physiology, behavior or appearance, includes:
    • (a) the examination of a sample from the shipment that includes the food animal while the food animal is in a crate, either on or off the conveyance; and
    • (b) the examination of the food animal information documents in respect of the food animal or the shipment of the food animals.
  • 4. In the case of a food animal that is a rabbit, the ante-mortem examination for the purpose of identifying any deviation from the normal physiology, behavior or appearance in the food animal includes the examination of a sample from a shipment that includes the food animal, while the food animal is in a crate, either on or off the conveyance.
  • 5. In the case of a food animal that is a game animal, the ante-mortem examination of each animal must be conducted in a manner that includes examining the game animal for the purpose of identifying any deviation from the normal physiology, behavior or appearance in the animal.

Part II. Procedures for Presenting a Food Animal for Ante-mortem Inspection

  • 6. Subject to (a), (b) and (c), the presentation for ante-mortem inspection to the official veterinarian or to an inspector under the supervision of an official veterinarian includes presenting each food animal:
    • (a) in the case of a food animal that is an equine, the presentation for ante-mortem inspection includes the presentation of each equine and the food animal information documents accompanying the equine;
    • (b) in the case of a food animal that is a bird, that is not an ostrich, rhea or emu, the presentation includes either the presentation of each bird, or the presentation of a sample from the shipment that includes the bird, and in either case, the food animal information documents in respect of each food animal or the shipment of the food animals; or
    • (c) in the case of a food animal that is a rabbit, the presentation includes either the presentation of each rabbit or the presentation of a sample from the shipment that includes the rabbit.
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