Oh lord, I know it can be a big hassle to give feedback, however, our feedback is pretty crucial to the lives of thousands of animals. These are animals without a voice that can be heard, so if we don’t speak for them, who will? I think of it as another way to live the true spirit of Christmas in our world.
Like Amber Jionet did when she was driving home from work and saw a transport truck pulled into a rest stop with blood along the outside of the truck. She took photos and videos of the cows inside the truck and sent them to the Animal Alliance of Canada. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why Canada is looking to revise transport regulations only a few months after this incident.
Although this is a chance to give input into Canadian regulations, as you know, countries always to look to other countries for guidelines and ideas on animal welfare standards, plus you do not need to be Canadian to give your input on either of these laws.
In fact, it’s equally important for lawmakers to know that the world is watching them, and that we all are informed and concerned. I routinely give feedback on farming and animal welfare issues in other countries for this reason.
Thankfully, the SPCA has also done a lot of the hard work for us by listing their recommendations for each feedback survey.
Farm Animal Transport Regulations
To give your input in a quick email (already formatted for you) click here.
For the points to include in your email (copy/paste!) – but also add your own feelings/thoughts to personalize it, or leave out any you don’t agree with – click here.
OR feel free to copy/paste from my email:
Dear Dr. Cornelius F. Kiley,
Thank you for proposing new draft regulations to protect animals in transport. I would like to suggest a few more improvements to help make these regulations even more impactful:
First of all, the length of time animals are allowed to be enclosed in a truck are outrageous. Especially since many are not given water, let alone food (52 hours for cattle and sheep and 36 hours for pigs, horses, poultry)
NEED: So we really need to cut those times to a MAXIMUM of 24 hours for cattle/sheep, BUT only if an approved on-board watering system is in place – ie. a watering system where all the animals can actually drink – and bedding material. And for pigs, horses, poultry, rabbits a maximum of 12 hours with the same water/bedding. These are in line with UK, Germany etc. standards.
Along with bedding and water, the trucks must also provide adequate ventilation to prevent the severe suffering and death that currently results from heat exhaustion.
We also need to set maximum density standards for all animals on transport trucks – again, please look at current European regulations for better limits than ours… which is NONE. Likewise the methods used to load and unload animals need to be made more humane – electric prods on face, genitals, udder etc. should be completely banned.
Having the truckers that transport animals be required to undergo humane transport training (certification) and also risk losing their license for violations would go a long way to ensuring animals were treated well while in transit and at loading/unloading.
I also think the enforcement of these measures should be funded with adequate inspection and surprise on-site visits. Do you really want to leave policing and media notification to people like the Bearing Witness group?
Please use your power and your voice to speak for the humanity of our country and also for these animals – although they have beautiful voices, many cannot hear them.
Jini Patel Thompson
Care Standards for Bison Farming
To give your input in a survey click here.
Just scroll down this same page to see the talking points, or recommendations for what needs to stipulated in this law. Thank god because people like me know very little about the negative effects of grain finishing until it’s spelled out!
The easiest way to do this is to open the survey in a NEW WINDOW. So you can have the recommendations on one side and the survey on the other side of your screen – then you can toggle back and forth quickly between the two, like this:
Animals all over the world thank you! And you’ll note in the talking points how we reference other countries who already have better standards – THAT is why it’s so important for everyone who can to pitch in, no matter which country we live in.