OFA submitted comments on ERO # 019-2065: Proposal to reduce the risk of chronic wasting disease entering Ontario. OFA stated its support of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s efforts to keep Ontario free of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) by prohibiting the import of all species of live cervids into Ontario while allowing for certain exceptions. However, OFA questioned how the import prohibition from other Canadian jurisdictions, such as from Alberta, Saskatchewan or Quebec would be achieved. OFA also supports the proposal that Ontario cervid farms receiving imports of live cervids meet existing regulatory requirements for biosecurity (fencing/gating) and identification (ear tags, radio-frequency identification tags) and that transit through Ontario would be subject to biosecurity, identification requirements, plus permit requirements and be sealed in transport vehicles. OFA supports the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s proposed prohibition on the movement of live cervids between locations in Ontario unless the animals have lived in or were imported into Ontario not less than five years prior, with the exception for cervids moving from an Ontario farm to an abattoir. OFA also supports the proposed requirements that farms receiving live cervids meet existing regulatory requirements for biosecurity (fencing/gating) and identification (ear tags, radio-frequency identification tags).
Submissions & Correspondence
OFA submission regarding proposal to reduce the risk of Chronic Wasting Disease entering Ontario
Updated: August 20, 2020