The Health of Animals Act aims to control the spread of animal related diseases between animals as well as transmission by animals to humans. Specifically, the Act provides for the establishment of surveillance and control zones, destruction and experimentation of diseased animals, as well as the compensation of animal owners.
The Act also regulates the importation and exportation of diseased animals and empowers the the Governor in Council to make regulations for the purpose of enforcing the Act and corresponding regulations. Analysts, inspectors, veterinary inspectors, and officers for the purpose of the Act may be designated by the President of the Food Inspection Agency, or the President of the Canadian Border Services Agency. Offences and punishments are outlined under sections 65-73, and include general offences, possession and disposal offences, failure to comply with notices offences, ticket offences, and offences committed by an employee or agent.
Jurisdiction: Canada (Federal)