MP Earl Dreeshen Announces Federal Government Support for Safe Handling of Farm Animals
Red Deer – 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 Earl Dreeshen (Red Deer), on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced today an investment of $320,000 to the Alberta Farm Animal Care Association at their annual livestock care conference.
“Our livestock and poultry sectors are great examples of the hardworking agriculture producers that help keep our economy strong,” said MP Dreeshen. “This investment will help improve transport of Canadian livestock and poultry across the country and overseas, keeping our producers competitive and bolstering our overall economy.”
This investment will help the Alberta Farm Animal Care Association (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.
“Responsible animal care during transport is important for all livestock and poultry and the fact that the Canadian Livestock Transportation (CLT) certification program has been an Alberta-driven initiative is a source of pride for our province as we develop a national program,” said AFAC’s executive director, Lorna Baird.
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 certification program will be consistent with regulations governing the transport of animals and 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.
More information on the CAAP Program is available at http://www.agr.gc.ca/caap