While stray voltage is a common problem on farms, the code only recommends producers be “aware” of the signs of it, and does not require producers to take proactive steps in preventing the problem, nor to take action to remedy to the problem if and when it occurs.
Handling and moving cattle
The code condemns various acts CETFA inspectors have witnessed over the years, such as “beating an animal”, “slamming gates on animals” and “dragging or pushing cattle with machinery”. However, it continues to authorize the use of electric prods, although in a restricted manner. A strong, truly animal-welfare oriented code would have banned their use.
Branding, a painful procedure, is not prohibited by the code, which also only recommends that producers “consult” veterinarians “for advice on the availability and feasibility of controlling pain associated with branding”.
This section primarily reminds producers of the Health of Animals Act, the federal regulations governing transport of farm animals. The code does require that cattle producers and transporters “ immediately report instances of inhumane handling to proper authorities” but this requirement is unlikely to be fulfilled by either parties.