Attendants and Inspectors
152. (1) Every sea carrier transporting livestock shall have, as a signed member of the ship’s crew,
(a) a person experienced in dealing with livestock as a foreman to supervise the care of the animals on board;
(b) if there are more than 300 head of livestock, an assistant foreman;
(c) one attendant for every 25 equines or fraction thereof;
(d) a qualified veterinarian, where there are more than 25 equines; and
(e) one attendant for every 50 head of livestock or fraction thereof, excluding equines.
(2) Every sea carrier or air carrier shall, when requested to do so in writing by the Minister, have a veterinary inspector on a vessel or aircraft transporting animals.
(3) Every sea carrier shall notify a veterinary inspector of the time of departure of a vessel transporting animals and shall, not less than six hours before such time, supply him with the names of the foreman, assistant foreman and attendants provided to care for animals on board the vessel.
(4) The foreman, assistant foreman and attendants caring for animals on board a vessel shall report to a veterinary inspector at least six hours before the time of departure of the vessel.
Protection of Animals on Board a Vessel
153. (1) No person shall transport or cause to be transported animals aboard a vessel
(a) on more than three decks, unless any additional deck is specially fitted for the transportation of animals;
(b) on a deck exposed to the weather, except in a container or in an enclosure forming part of the structure of the vessel;
(c) on a deck structure not suited for the transportation of animals;
(d) in a part of the vessel where their presence would interfere with the management, ventilation, operation or safety of the vessel;
(e) on a hatch above a compartment containing other animals; or
(f) on a hatch, if there is no other access to the space below.
(2) Every sea carrier shall ensure that
(a) no freight or feed for animals is loaded on a hatch above a compartment containing animals;
(b) a space of not less than 12.96 square metres (144 square feet) is kept free and clear at all times on a hatch on which animals are transported; and
(c) passageways are provided to permit the care and feeding of animals in holds and compartments.
- SOR/78-69, s. 36;
- SOR/97-85, s. 83;
- SOR/98-409, s. 14(F).
154. Every sea carrier shall ensure that, on every vessel in which animals are transported,
(a) every bovine not transported in a pen is securely tied by the head or neck to a securing rail with a halter or with a rope not less than 12.5 millimetres (1/2 inch) in diameter in such a manner as to stand athwartships facing a passageway;
(b) every equine is secured by ropes in such manner as to prevent the animal from biting other animals or striking its head on the deck above; and
(c) sheep, goats and swine are transported in pens or in enclosed containers.
- SOR/78-69, s. 37.
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