Canada has waited 43 years for updated animal transport standards. The CFIA published revised draft transport regulations in December 2016.
-CFIA’s public notice about the draft regs
But… CFIA listened to intense industry lobbying, and increased proposed transport times.
The Globe and Mail (March 17, 2017) wrote how animal industries lobbied CFIA for longer transport times. CFIA bowed to animal-industry pressure and increased food-water-rest times, ignoring its own science-based analysis.
The Globe article was based on documents obtained by the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals through Access to Information and Privacy legislation.
Documents recently obtained through Access to Information requests show the CFIA did very few highway inspections of vehicles transporting animals in 2016 and 2017 and none in Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
To date, the draft transport regulations, published December 2016, have not been promulgated as law.