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Washington

SB 5974 (2009). Regarding live nonambulatory livestock.

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Citation: SB 5974 (2009)



Date Introduced: 02/11/2009

Date of Last Action: 05/05/2009 Signed by Governor

Last Checked by Web Center Staff: 09/2011



Summary:  

A new civil infraction is created for individuals who knowingly transport non-ambulatory livestock to or from a facility that trades in livestock. Each individual animal unlawfully transported represents a distinct violation. The penalty for the civil infraction is $1,000. The penalty money is to be deposited into the General Fund. If an animal becomes non-ambulatory livestock during transport, the animal must be placed in a separate pen for rehabilitation upon unloading.



Bill in Full:

CERTIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT

SENATE BILL 5974

61st Legislature

2009 Regular Session

Passed by the Senate April 21, 2009

YEAS 45 NAYS 0

President of the Senate

Passed by the House April 8, 2009

YEAS 96 NAYS 2

Speaker of the House of Representatives

CERTIFICATE

I, Thomas Hoemann, Secretary of the

Senate of the State of Washington,

do hereby certify that the attached

is SENATE BILL 5974 as passed by

the Senate and the House of

Representatives on the dates hereon

set forth.

Secretary

Approved

Governor of the State of Washington

FILED

Secretary of State

State of Washington

_____________________________________________

SENATE BILL 5974

_____________________________________________

AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

Passed Legislature - 2009 Regular Session

State of Washington 61st Legislature 2009 Regular Session

By

Senators Morton, Hatfield, Swecker, Marr, and Shin

Read first time 02/11/09. Referred to Committee on Agriculture & Rural

Economic Development.

1 AN ACT Relating to transporting or accepting delivery of live

2 nonambulatory livestock; amending RCW 16.36.116 and 16.52.225; and

3 prescribing penalties.

4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:

5 Sec. 1. RCW 16.36.116 and 2007 c 71 s 3 are each amended to read

6 as follows:

7 (1) Any person found transporting animals on the public roads of

8 this state that are not accompanied by valid health certificates,

9 permits, or other documents as required by this chapter or its rules

10 has committed a class 1 civil infraction.

11 (2) Any person who knowingly transports or accepts delivery of live

12 nonambulatory livestock to, from, or between any livestock market,

13 feedlot, slaughtering facility, or similar facility that trades in

14 livestock has committed a civil infraction and shall be assessed a

15 monetary penalty not to exceed one thousand dollars. The transport or

16 acceptance of each nonambulatory livestock animal is considered a

17 separate and distinct violation. Livestock that was ambulatory prior

18 to transport to a feedlot and becomes nonambulatory because of an

19 injury sustained during transport may be unloaded and placed in a

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1 separate pen for rehabilitation at the feedlot. For the purposes of

2 this section, "nonambulatory livestock" has the same meaning as in RCW

3 16.52.225.

4 (3) The director is authorized to issue notices of and enforce

5 civil infractions in the manner prescribed under chapter 7.80 RCW.

6 Sec. 2. RCW 16.52.225 and 2004 c 234 s 1 are each amended to read

7 as follows:

8 (1) Unless otherwise cited for a civil infraction by the department

9 of agriculture under RCW 16.36.116(2), a person is guilty of a gross

10 misdemeanor punishable as provided in RCW 9A.20.021 if he or she

11 knowingly transports or accepts delivery of live nonambulatory

12 livestock to, from, or between any livestock market, feedlot,

13 slaughtering facility, or similar facility that trades in livestock.

14 The transport or acceptance of each nonambulatory livestock animal is

15 considered a separate and distinct violation.

16 (2) Nonambulatory livestock must be humanely euthanized before

17 transport to, from, or between locations listed in subsection (1) of

18 this section.

19 (3) Livestock that was ambulatory prior to transport to a feedlot

20 and becomes nonambulatory because of an injury sustained during

21 transport may be unloaded and placed in a separate pen for

22 rehabilitation at the feedlot.

23 (4) For the purposes of this section, "nonambulatory livestock"

24 means cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses, mules, or other equine that

25 cannot rise from a recumbent position or cannot walk, including but not

26 limited to those with broken appendages, severed tendons or ligaments,

27 nerve paralysis, a fractured vertebral column, or metabolic conditions.

 



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