OIE Report of the Fifth Meeting on Animal Welfare

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					OIE Report of the Fifth Meeting on Animal Welfare

Potential concerns:

   1. pg 205 – OIE working on guidelines for aquatic animal welfare
   2. pg 206 – animal production/housing and management guidelines – OIE document
      will include discussion of advtg vs disadvtg of animal-based and design-based
      criteria, and relationship between animal welfare standards and animal health

Appendix C – Terrestrial Animal Health Standards – Transportation

By Sea (possibly less applicable to lab animals but should be aware of potential
implications):

   1. pg 221 – indicates guidelines for transport of animals by sea may be applicable to
       other domesticated animals (lab animals?)
   2. pg 224 – at least one accredited animal handler must accompany shipment of
       animals (accredited means certified by some acceptable national standard - see pg
       227, 2 for a definition)
   3. pg 225, g, v – responsibility of facility manager during loading – ensure
       vet/accredited handler present
   4. pg 225, h, ii – responsibility of receiving facility to have accredited animal
       handler present during unloading
   5. pg 226, k and l, i, iii – responsibility of Competent Authority of exporting country
       – must establish minimum standards of animal welfare and methods of inspection
       of animals during transport, and competency standards for accredited animal
       handlers, for importing country, the Competent Authority must also establish
       standards for qualification of a vet or accredited animal handler to approve
       receiving facilities and the vehicle/vessels for transporting the animals
   6. pg 232, 8 – each animal must be directly observed during transportation and this
       must be entered into the journey log (pg 233, 2, c)
   7. pg 233, 1, b, iii – animals must be preconditioned to a novel food/water source
   8. pg 234, 3, c, i – animals may not be permitted to travel if they are weak, blind in
       both eyes, pregnant within the final 10% of gestation
   9. pg 235, 3, e – animals at particular risk include those that are obese,
       excityable/aggressive, those with little contact with humans or females in the last
       third of their pregnancy
   10. pg 238, 1, c – each group of animals must be directly observed on a daily basis

Transport by Land

   1. pg 243 – indicates species covered and that will be largely applicable to other
      domesticated species
   2. pg 246, 1, c,d – accredited animal handler must be present during journey or the
      driver (=animal handler) with authority to take action, accredited animal handler
      must be present during loading
3. pg 246, 2, b – business selling animals is responsible to ensure that suitable
    facilities exist at final destination for unloading of animals
4. pg 246, 3 – accredited animal handlers (or driver, by default) must maintain
    journey log
5. Pg 248 – responsibilities of Competent Authorities of countries exporting and
    importing animals by land (includes establishing minimum standards for animal
    welfare, defining fitness to travel, setting facility and vehicle standards, defining
    and setting standards for accredited animal handlers, and ensuring competency
    and certification of these handlers)
6. pg 249, 4 – assessment of competency of animal handler (which is the truck
    driver if an accredited animal handler is not riding with the shipment – see pg
    250, 5) – includes knowledge of animal welfare, species-specific signs of disease,
    should be capable of performing euthanasia during trip if required, training in
    species-specific animal handling, observation and care
7. pg 253 ,6, f – calculations for space allowance of animals should follow a relevant
    national or international document
8. pg 253, 8,a&b – animals must be directly observed during the journey even if in
    crates
9. pg 254, 10 and 2 a,d – an emergency response plan should be part of the driver’s
    training and documentation as well as documentation concerning the driver’s
    competencies to deal with the animals
10. pg 255, 2, i – the driver’s journey log must contain animal inspection information
    including records of morbidity and mortality, estimates of food and water
    consumption, etc
11. pg 256, 1, e – animals must be preconditioned to a novel food/water source
12. pg 256, 3, c – animals unfit to travel include those that are weak, blind in both
    eyes, pregnant within the final 10% of gestation
13. pg 257, 3, e – animals at risk of poor welfare, which may be refused travel include
    large/obese animals, very young/old, excitable/aggressive, animals with little
    human contact, females in late pregnancy or heavy lactation
14. pg 258, 1, b – loading of animal crates must be supervised by a vet or accredited
    animal handler
15. pg 261, 7 – in-transit observations – animals must be directly observed at least
    every 5 hours (by train or road)
16. pg 262, 1 – unloading of animals/crates must be observed by a vet or accredited
    animal handler

				
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