Survey seeks input on livestock transport code

A survey to learn about animal welfare concerns related to livestock in transport has been launched by the National Farm Animal Care Council.

The council is in the process of updating the code of practice for the care and handling of farm animals related to transport and has opened the survey to anyone wishing to make comment. The council said input from the survey will be shared with the code development committee as it develops the new code.

“We are embarking on a challenge unlike any other NFACC has undertaken to date,” said NFACC chair Ryder Lee in a news release.

“We are very proud of the 12 on-farm, species-specific codes of practice that we have developed so far using our unique and collaborative process. However, the Livestock and Poultry Transportation Code, which will cover 14 different species of animals, requires the experience and expertise of a truly significant number of stakeholders.

“The scope of this important work extends beyond the normal reach of NFACC members in that it includes livestock and poultry trucking, marketing, as well as the poultry catching sectors.”

The code development committee includes livestock producers, transporters, processors, veterinarians, researchers, animal welfare advocates and enforcement groups. The updated code is expected to be completed in 2023.

The survey is open for input until March 31 and can be found at www.nfacc.ca/codes-of-practice/transportation.

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