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Transportation of Live Fox

Traveling crates must be adequately designed for transportation by road, rail, and air to allow sufficient space, air-flow, and comfort for each animal. Provisions must be made for watering and feeding. Correct documentation, as required, must be prepared.

  • The design of a travelling crate must take into account the length of time the fox will be in transit. Each compartment must permit the animal to curl up comfortably and to turn without restriction. The animal should have the availability of food and water and suitable bedding material if required.
  • Crates can be made to individual specifications with regard to the number of compartments. (Note: check airline regulations for air transport.)
  • Crates can be made with a variety of materials. Care in construction is essential to ensure that the animals cannot excape, injure themselves, each other or their handlers.
  • There should be an open space between the wire floor and the crate floor.The crate floor should be made of water proof material, either plywood, tin, or chipboard, to allow moisture to drain away from the compartment and animal, and to prevent dirt or manure from falling into the transport vehicle.
  • Extreme care must be taken at all times to allow sufficient air flow. If the air is restricted within the area where the crates are stored it will heat up quickly, and fox, always susceptible to heat exhaustion, may expire or rapidly become ill.
  • Movement of fox in hot weather can be undertaken with safety as long as all of the above requirements are followed. Hot weather can seriously endanger the lives of fox during transport; therefore, all precautions should be observed rigorously.
  • Provision should be made for unexpected delays. Arrangements for feeding and watering (particularly vital) must be adequately ensured.
  • It is important that the shipper and the receiver agree on the methods of transportation to be used and that rapid communication is available to them.
  • During transport only one (1) animal should be placed in each cage.
  • During transport lasting more than four (4) hours, the animals should be given water. During transportation lasting more than twenty-four (24) hours, they should be fed.

 

U.S. Fox Shipper’s Council And North Central Fox Producers. Standard Guidelines for the Operation of Fox Farms in the United States, 2006. USFSC and NCFP.