OTTAWA, October 31, 2011: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is implementing new measures to verify that horses are being humanely transported in accordance with the Health of Animals Regulations.
Effective January 1, 2012, all shipments of feeder and slaughter horses entering Canada from the United States by ground transportation will be required to proceed through designated ports of entry. Shipments will only be accepted during the CFIA's regular hours of operation.
The designated ports of entry have appropriate unloading facilities for horses and are staffed by CFIA veterinarians.
As of January 1, 2012, shipments of feeder and slaughter horses will not be able to enter Canada at other border ports of entry.
The new requirements apply only to feeder and slaughter horses. Imports of other types of horses (for example, riding or breeding horses) and other types of livestock are not affected by this change.