MCA supports DOT decision to modify rules for livestock hauling
The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration made the decision July 8 to allow livestock truckers a 90-day waiver from a rest-break provision included in new rules, which went into effect on July 1. The rest-break provision requires drivers to take a 30-minute break during the first eight hours of a shift. While the rule changes were well-intentioned, according to Missouri Cattlemen’s Association Executive Vice President Mike Deering, they did not take into account animal welfare. Deering said livestock hauling is not the same as hauling non-living items.
“Livestock hauling is a whole different animal,” said Deering. “When hauling livestock, a top priority for drivers is the welfare of the animals. The 30-minute break requirement doesn’t sound like much, but in hot weather that is a long time for livestock. This would cause unneeded stress on these animals.”
FMCSA granted the 90-day waiver as a result of above average temperatures forecast for much of the country from now through September.
“The agency made the right decision. This will allow truckers to continue treating livestock humanely by preventing unnecessary stress, especially on hot days like we’ve been experiencing here in the Midwest lately,” said Deering.
The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association was initiated in 1911 and is dedicated to improving viability of Missouri’s beef industry. MCA is celebrating its 101st year serving as the voice of Missouri’s 60,000 beef producers. The organization has members from over 100 of Missouri’s 114 counties. MCA is a not-for-profit, grassroots, member-driven organization focused on the protection and promotion of the economic, educational, political and social interests of the Missouri beef cattle industry. Contact MCA at 573-499-9162 or at www.mocattle.com.
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