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Humane transport and animal welfare

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, provincial and territorial governments, producers, transporters, industry organizations, and many others each have a role to play in animal welfare. The CFIA regulates the humane transportation of animals and the humane treatment of food animals in federal abattoirs.


Services and information

Livestock transport

Brochure outlining responsibilities and guidance to transport animals safely.

Unfit or compromised animals

Signs of unfit or compromised animals for transport and when special care is needed.

Check animals before transport

What to do if animals are unfit or compromised before or during the trip.

Protect pets when they travel

Keep animals safe from harm and injury when they travel by land, air or sea.

Horse transport

Guidance to ensure horses are fit for transport and designated border ports for entry.

Cold weather transport

Measures for transporting animals during cold weather.

Hot and humid weather transport

Measures for transporting animals during hot and humid weather.

Transport information for the general public

Regulations to prevent injury and suffering of all animals.

Farm animal welfare

Provincial and territorial legislation concerning farm animal welfare.

Regulatory guidance

Interpretative guidance for regulated parties on regulatory amendment for the transportation of animals.

Inspection and enforcement

Guidance, investigations, enforcement action and data, compliance.


Make sure your calf is fit for transport

Check these 8 tips before you leave the gate.

Timeline of the humane transport regulations
Fact sheet: Timeline of the Humane Transport Regulations

Changes to Health of Animals Regulations Part XII – Transportation of Animals from 1977 to 2020.

Then vs. now: Humane transportation regulations
Fact sheet: Then vs. Now – Humane Transportation Regulations

Comparing the Health of Animals Regulations Part XII – Transportation of Animals from 1977, when they were first introduced, to the changes that came into force in 2020.

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