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Turning up the Heat on Transport Requirements

by 5m Editor
8 January 2008, at 12:06pm

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has put forward plans for new regulations on animal transport requirements.

The goal of the proposed rule is to remove the current ambient temperature requirements for various stages in the transportation of regulated animals. If accepted, this proposed rule would replace those requirements with a single performance standard under which the animals would be transported under climatic and environment conditions that are appropriate for their welfare making acclimation certificates for live animals other than marine mammals unnecessary.

This proposal also would require transport compartments on aircraft to be opened during prolonged layovers, as well as the use of ground equipment to maintain appropriate conditions in the cargo hold during the layover. Finally, the proposed rule, if finalized, would eliminate the requirement for acclimation certificates for animals other than marine mammals.

This proposal replaces a June 1999 proposed rule, which was withdrawn. This proposal does not address marine mammals due to their unique requirements for care and handling.

The USDA are now seeking comments on the proposal to amend the Animal Welfare Act .

5m Editor