Q. What are the general conditions for transport of animals?
A. Section 98 of the Transport of Animals Rules, 1978 lays down the general conditions for the transport of animals.
(1) Animals to be transported shall be healthy and in good condition. They should be examined by a veterinary doctor for freedom from infectious diseases and their fitness to undertake the journey, provided that the nature and duration of the proposed journey shall be taken into account whilst deciding upon the degree of fitness.
(2) An animal which is unfit for transport shall not be transported and animals that are newborn, diseased, blind, emaciated, lame, fatigued or having given birth during the preceding seventy-two hours or likely to give birth during transport shall not be transported.
(3) Pregnant and very young animals shall not be mixed with other animals during transport.
(4) Different classes of animals shall be kept separately during transport.
(5) Diseased animals, whenever transported for treatment, shall not be mixed with other animals