Proposed Changes to Compensation Paid for Animals Ordered Destroyed

CANADA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is proposing changes to the amount of compensation paid to owners of animals ordered destroyed for disease control purposes.
calendar icon 20 November 2006
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The proposed changes were developed following extensive consultation with industry and government stakeholders. The changes are designed to better reflect the market value of an animal. Maximum amounts payable for all animal categories have been updated.

Compensation amounts would increase in some animal categories, such as breeding stock of higher genetic value. For example, compensation for registered pure-bred cattle, which is currently limited to $2,500 per animal, would be increased to a maximum of $8,000. In other categories the maximum amounts would remain the same or decrease. Consistent methodology was used to determine values across all animal categories.

The goal of the CFIA’s compensation program is to encourage animal owners to promptly report serious animal diseases. It is an important component of the CFIA’s disease control efforts. The CFIA compensates animal owners, up to maximum amounts established by regulation, to enable them to replace destroyed animals.

The Government of Canada recognizes that assistance provided under the compensation regulations might not consider all costs incurred by an owner as a result of animals being destroyed. The Government continues to review business risk management programs for potential gaps, including those affecting livestock producers.

The proposed animal categories and maximum compensation amounts have been published in Canada Gazette Part I for a 30-day public comment period.

The regulatory proposals can be viewed at: http://canadagazette.gc.ca/partI/2006/20061118/html/regle1-e.html .


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