"28 hour law" to be enforced for US trucks

Stephanie Brown, CCFA
October 4, 2006

A significant US animal transportation decision announced on September 28 should impact positively on Canadian farmed-animal transport standards.

A group of humane organizations (Humane Society of the United States, Compassion Over Killing, Farm Sanctuary and Animals' Angels) legally challenged the US Department of Agriculture to apply the "28 hour law" to truck transport. For decades the USDA refused to apply the law to trucks which requires animals to be off-loaded, provided food and water and given at least five hours of rest after 28 hours of travel.

Now, the USDA has reversed its long-held policy against enforcing the law for trucks.

Canadian transport standards currently allow ruminants (cattle, sheep, goats, bison) to be transported 48 hours (or 52 hours within Canada) without water, food or rest. For monogastric animals (pigs, poultry, horses) it is 36 hours. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is presently reviewing the 30-year-old outdated standards, but no revised regulations have been published in the Canada Gazette.

The now-to-be-enforced US standard for trucks should positively affect the millions of farmed animals that annually cross the US border in both directions, and have a "rub-off" effect on Canadian transport standards, currently under revision.

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