Canada's livestock and poultry sectors will benefit from the development of a national standard for the transport of farm animals with the support of the Government of Canada. Member of Parliament (MP) Earl Dreeshen (Red Deer), on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced an investment of $320,000 to the Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) Association.
This investment will help the AFAC develop a certification program that will lead to training for livestock and poultry transporters throughout Canada. The Government is supporting an industry-led initiative to develop national standards for the safe and humane transport of farm animals to help address public concerns and ensure that the sector remains competitive in both domestic and international markets.
The Association is working with a coalition of farm animal groups, the National Farm Animal Care Council, and other provincial councils towards a national multi-species transporter certification program. The program will be consistent with regulations governing the transport of animals and will address public concerns over the humane and safe transport of farm animals.
This investment is provided under the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP), a five-year (2009-14) initiative that helps the agricultural sector adapt and remain competitive in a global marketplace.
Thursday March 22, 2012/ Agriculture and Agrifood/ Canada.