CPC Voices Support for Proposed Canadian Plan for Zoning

by 5m Editor
2 September 2004, at 12:00am

CANADA - Farm-Scape: Episode 1593. Farm-Scape is a Wonderworks Canada production and is distributed courtesy of Manitoba Pork Council and Sask Pork.

Farm-Scape, Episode 1593

The Canadian Pork Council says a plan to divide Canada into two separate regions for the purpose of disease surveillance and control is the first step toward establishing zoning within Canada.

A plan developed by the Canadian Animal Health Coalition calls for the establishment of two separate zones in Canada with the dividing point to be located at the single crossing between Manitoba and Ontario at West Hawk Lake.

The plan, which has been circulated to the various commodity groups and to government, is intended to allow the export of animals and animal products from one zone to continue in the event of an animal disease outbreak in the other zone.

Canadian Pork Council President Clare Schlegel views the plan as a first step toward full fledged zoning.

"There would be a monitoring of the flow of animals and meat and anything else that has the potential to carry an infectious disease across that point. It's a full operational plan with a budget.

It's calling for a governance model where, again, it's industry run and led and, if we can get this zone up and working, there would be potential other zones that we could build.

If a full Canadian animal ID system was in place and we knew where all the animals were and where they were all moving one could argue that we could make many many smaller zones.

That is not the case today so it's a first step and it would allow western Canada to continue to export in the event of an infectious outbreak in eastern Canada and perhaps the other way around if the outbreak happened in eastern Canada."

Schlegel says the plan is as comprehensive as others around the world and he's confident it will meet international standards.

He says international recognition of zoning within Canada is extremely important and he hopes to see the system fully implemented by next spring.

For Farmscape.Ca, I'm Bruce Cochrane.

5m Editor