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General Assembly



February Session, 2014

LCO No. 3864



Offered by:


REP. URBAN, 43rd Dist.

REP. HENNESSY, 127th Dist.

REP. MEGNA, 97th Dist.


To: Subst. House Bill No. 5416

File No. 466

Cal. No. 274


Strike everything after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2014) (a) For the purposes of this section:

(1) "Enclosure" means any cage, crate or other structure used for gestating sows;

(2) "Farm" means the land, buildings, support facilities and other equipment that are wholly or partially used for the commercial production of animals or animal products used for food or fiber. "Farm" does not include live animal markets;

(3) "Farm owner or operator" means any person who owns or controls the operation of a farm. "Farm owner or operator" does not include any nonmanagement employee, contractor or consultant;

(4) "Fully extending" means to be able to fully extend all limbs without touching the side of any enclosure;

(5) "Gestating sow" means a pregnant pig of the porcine species kept for the primary purpose of breeding; and

(6) "Turning around freely" means to be able to turn in a complete circle without any impediment, including a tether, and without touching the side of any enclosure.

(b) No farm owner or operator shall knowingly tether or confine any gestating sow in any enclosure in a manner that prevents such gestating sow from turning around freely, lying down, standing up or fully extending such gestating sow's limbs.

(c) The provisions of subsection (b) of this section shall not apply during any: (1) Medical research, (2) examination, testing, treatment or operation for veterinary purposes, provided such examination, testing, treatment or operation is performed by or under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian, (3) transporting of such gestational sow, (4) state or county fair exhibition, 4-H program or similar exhibition, (5) temporary confinement of not more than six hours during any twenty-four-hour period for animal husbandry purposes, (6) humane slaughter in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations, or (7) seven-day period prior to such gestating sow's expected date to give birth.

(d) Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit any other provision of the general statutes that may be construed to protect the welfare of any gestating sow.

(e) It shall not be an affirmative defense to an alleged violation of this section that such farm owner or operator kept such gestating sow as part of an agricultural operation and in accordance with customary animal husbandry or farming practices.

(f) Any farm owner or operator who violates the provisions of this section shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

(g) The provisions of this section shall not be enforced by the Commissioner of Agriculture until the commissioner determines, in writing, that enclosures that do not meet the requirements of subsection (b) of this section are used in this state. "

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2014

New section