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Proposed regs will legalize every inhumane practice identified in the transport of horses to slaughter!
Doubles will be legal for 5 years AFTER the proposed regs go into effect. It has already been 4 1/2 years, that makes for 10 years of the continued use of doubles after this legislation passed..
on Proposed Regulations For the 1996 Commercial Transportation of Horses To Slaughter Act
CA Equine Council's
Comments on the Proposed Regulations For the 1996 Commercial Transportation of Horses To Slaughter Act
The PROHIBITION of Horse Slaughter and Sale of Horsemeat for Human Consumption Act Of 1998, Does Not Violate The Commerce Clause
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ANNOTATED LAWS OF MASSACHUSETTS LIVESTOCK DISEASE CONTROL
Cross Reference--As to the inapplicability of this Section to horses intended for immediate slaughter.
Code of Massachusetts Regulations
Prevention. suppression and extirpation of equine infectious anemia in horses. 330
Rules and regulations for the dealing in and transportation of equine animals, 330
- Every person engaging in the business of dealing in equine
animals or auction of said animals and tack shall obtain a license
therefor from the director, the fee for which shall be fifty
dollars, and such license shall expire on October thirty-first
following the date of issuance, unless sooner revoked, provided
that the fee for any person licensed under the provisions of
section two B of chapter one hundred and twenty-eight of the
General Laws shall be five dollars. The director shall, subject
to the approval of the commissioner of food and agriculture make
rules and regulations governing the issuance and revocation of
such licenses and the conduct of the businesses so licensed and
relative to the maintenance of premises, buildings and conveyances,
the health of equine animals and the method and time of checking
and inspection of said animal The purpose is to prohibit the
transportation and slaughter of horses by inhumane means.
- Cross Reference
Aa to prohibition of municipal dog officers from being licensed
as animal dealer:. see
ALM GL c 140 * 151.
Code of Massachusetts Regulation:-
Rule: and regulations for the dealing in and transportation of equine animals, 330
- CMR 19.01.
- § 46. License Plate. on Vehicle Used to Transport
- Each vehicle used for the transportation of equine animals
by any person engaged in the business of dealing with such animals,
when operated on any way, shall bear a metal license plate, attached
to the side of the vehicle to the left of the person operating
or driving the same, such plate to be furnished by the director
on the payment of a fee of five dollars Said plate shall be valid
for the term for which the license is granted, but shall be returned
to the director on revocation of said license. The
use of multiple deck vehicles or the so called "possum belly"
vehicle used in the transportation of equine animals is prohibited.(1977,
§ 47. Bill of Sale or Memorandum in Connection With Transportation of Equine Animal for
330 CMR. DEPARTMENT OF FOOD & AGRICULTURE
1604 Dealing in and the Transportation of Equine Animals
- (a) No person shall engage in the business of selling,
dealing, auctioning or transporting equine animals in the Commonwealth
unless licensed by the Department.
(b) Any person desiring to apply for a Livestock Dealer-Transporter
license shall submit. on a form provided by the Department, an
application and the appropriate fee.
(c) Upon receipt of a completed application for a license. the
Department shall inspect the applicant's facilities and vehicles.
if the Department finds the facilities and vehicles in compliance
with 330 ~ 16.04(2)(a) through (i) and 330 CMR 16.04(3)(a) and
(b), the Department may issue a Livestock Dealer-Transporter
(d) All Livestock Dealer-Transporter licensees will be issued
a metal license plate by the Department The license plate will
be valid for the term of the Livestock Dealer-Transporter license.
If the license is revoked at any time, the License plate must
be returned to the Department.
(e) No Livestock Dealer-Transporter licensee shall transport
an equineanimal in any vehicle unless the drivers side ot the
vehicle bears a metal livestock dealer-transporter license plate
issued by the Department.
(f) Livestock Dealer-Transporter licenses for equines shall expire
on October 31st following the date of issuance.
(g) All licensees shall post their license at a permanent location
in the Commonwealth in a place prominently visible to the public.
(h)The Department may deny a license to any applicant whose facilities
or vehicles fail to comply with 330 CMR 16.O4(2)(a) through (i)
and 330 CMR 16.04(3)(a) arid (b). Any applicant whose license
has been denied may submit a written request fbr a hearing within
14 business days Following notification of the Department's decision
to deny the license.
(i) The Department may revoke or suspend a license after a M.G.L.
c. 30A hearing and upon finding that the licensee has:
1. violated M.G.L. c 129. §§ 9. 44. 44a 45, 46, or
47 or M.G.L. c. 128. 2A or 2B.or M.G.L c; 272, §§ 77
2. violated any provision of 330 CMR 16.00;
3. Allowed an issued license to be used by an unlicensed person;
4. Violated a quarantine order issued by the Department; or
5. Made a material misstatement on the application for a license
- (2) General Care of Animals and Premises. All licensees
(a) Maintain all areas where equines are kept in a safe and sanitary
(b) Have equipment available for any necessary storage or disposal
of waste material to control vermin; insects or obnoxious
(c) Provide adequate shelter for the comfort of all equines on
(d) Take all reasonable precautions to prevent the spread of
infectious or contagious diseases:
(e) Clean stalls daily or more frequendy to ensure their sanitary
(f) Ensure that box stalls are of adequate size such that the
equine contained therein shall have room to stand and lie down
(5) Equines are housed without overcrowding and in groups of
compatible temperament and gender;
(h) Provide sufficient fresh food of a tppe and amount consistent
with the dietary requirements and age of the horse at least twice
(i) Ensure that fresh, clean water is available to all equines.
- (3) Transportation.
- (a) No licensee shall maintain any equine in a vehicle
within the Commonwealth for a period of time exceeding ten hours
without the equine being off-loaded and placed in a stable or
- (b) Licensees shall ensure that:
- 1. All vehicles are constructed with no sharp objects
or protuberances on the interior or the sides:
- 2. All floor ramps are made of a non-skid material or
- 3. All vehicles, stalls and loading ramps are cleaned
- 4. All vehicles have adequate ventilation;
- 5. All doorway openings have a height of at least 12 inches
withers of the tallest equine being transported:
- 6. All vehicles transporting more than six equines have
at least two doorways on adjacent or opposite sides of the vehicle;
- 7. All horses being transported are separated in a manner
to prevent injury or close contact between incompatible animals.
- (4) Record Keeping and Inspections.
(a) All licensees shall maintain records and interstate bills
of lading for a period of 90 days from the date of sale or transport.
All records shall be maintained at the location where the license
is posted. All records shall indude the following information:
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