Animals which become ill or injured during transport
shall receive veterinary attention as soon as possible,
and if necessary be slaughtered in a way which avoids
Animals shall only be loaded into trucks, vehicles,
vessels, aircraft, or containers which have been
thoroughly cleaned. Dead animals, litter and excrements
shall be removed as soon as possible.
Animals shall be transported to their destination as
soon as possible, and delays, particularly in
transhipment and marshalling yards, shall be reduced to
In order that importation and transit formalities may
be completed as quickly as possible, consignments of
animals shall be notified as early as possible to
control posts. In such formalities priority should be
given to consignments of animals.
At posts where sanitary control is exercised and
animals in significant numbers are regularly
transported, facilities shall be provided for resting,
feeding and watering.
B. Special Provisions for Transport By Railway
Any railway truck in which animals are transported
shall be marked with a symbol for the living animals.
If no trucks particularly adapted for transport of
animals are obtainable, animals shall be carried in
covered trucks which are capable of travelling at high
speed and are provided with sufficiently large air
vents. They shall be constructed so as to prevent
animals from escaping and ensure their safety. The
interior sides of the trucks shall be of wood or other
suitable material completely smooth and fitted with
rings or bars at suitable height to which the animals
may be attached.
Solipeds shall be tied in such a way that they are all
facing the same side of the vehicle or tied facing each
other. However, young unbroken animals shall not be
Large animals shall be loaded in such a way as to
allow an attendant to move between them.
When, in accordance with the provisions of Article 7,
the seperation of animals is required, this may be
effected either by tying them in separate parts of the
truck, if its space permits, or by means of suitable
When assembling trains and during all other movements
of trucks all precautions shall be taken to avoid
violent jolting of trucks containing animals.
C. Special Provisions for Transport By Road
Vehicles shall be escape-proof and so constructed as
to ensure the safety of the animals and shall also be
equipped with a roof which ensures effective protection
against the weather.
Tying facilities shall be provided in vehicles
carrying large animals which normally require to be
tied. When vehicles are required to be subdivided, the
partitions shall be of rigid construction .
Vehicles shall carry a ramp complying with the
requirements of Article 8.
D. Special Provisions for Transport By Water
The fittings of vessels shall be such that animals can
be transported without injury and unnecessary
Animals shall not be transported on open decks unless
in adequately secured containers or substantial
structures, approved by the competent authority and
giving adequate protection against sea and weather.
Animals shall be tied or properly accommodated in pens
There shall be adequate passageways having access to
all pens and containers accommodating animals. Lighting
facilities shall be available.
A sufficient number of attendants shall be provided
taking into account the number of animals transported
and the duration of the voyage.
All parts of the vessel where animals are accommodated
shall be provided with drainage and shall be kept in a
A type of instrument approved by the competent
authority shall be carried for killing animals if
Vessels used for the transport of animals shall,
before sailing, be provisioned with such supplies of
drinking water and appropriate foodstuffs as shall be
considered sufficient by the competent authority of the
sending country , having regard to species and number of
animals being transported as well as to the duration of
Provisions shall be made for isolating ill or injured
animals during the voyage and first-aid treatment
rendered when necessary.
The provisions of Article 2S to 33 shall not apply to
the transport of animals loaded in railway trucks or
road vehicles on board ferry boats or similiar vessels.
E.Special Provisions for Transport By Air
Animals shall be transported in containers or stalls
appropriate for the species. Some modifications of
these requirements may be permitted if appropriate
arrangements are made for restraining the animals.
Precautions shall be taken to avoid extremely high or
low temperature on board, having regard to the species
of animals. In addition, severe fluctuations of air
pressure shall be avoided.
In freight aircraft a type of instrument approved by
the competent authority shall be carried for killing
animals if necessary.
Domestic Birds and Domestic Rabbits
The following provisions of Chapter II shall apply
mutatis mutandis to the transport of domestic birds and
domestic rabbits: Article 6, paragraphs 1 to 3,
Articles 7, 13 to 17 inclusive, 21, 22, 25 to 30
inclusive, 32, 34 to 36 inclusive.
1. Animals that are ill or injured shall not be
considered fit for transport. Any that become ill or
injured shall receive first-aid treatment as soon as
possible and if necessary be submitted to veterinary
2. When animals are loaded in containers one placed on
top of another or in a truck or vehicle with more than
one floor the necessary precautions shall be taken to
avoid droppings falling on the animals placed
3 Suitable food and, if necessary, water shall be
available in adequate quantities, save in the case of:
a) a journey lasting less than 12 hours;
b) a journey lasting less than 24 hours for chicks of
all species, provided that it is completed within 72
hours after hatching.
Domestic Dogs And Domestic Cats
1. The provisions of this Chapter shall apply to the
transport of domestic dogs and domestic cats except
those that are accompanied by the owner or his
2. The following provisions of Chapter II shall apply
mutatis mutandis to the transport of domestic dogs and
domestic cats: Article 4, Article 6, paragraphs 1 to 3
inclusive, Articles 7, 9, 10, Article 11, paragraphs 1
and 3, Articles 12 to l7 inclusive, 20 to 23 inclusive,
25 to 29 inclusive and 31 to 37 inclusive.
Animals in transport shall be fed at intervals of not
more than 24 hours and given water at intervals of not
more than 12 hours. There shall be clear written
instructions about feeding and watering. Bitches in
oestrus shall be separated from male dogs.
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