PA 17-133—sHB 7069

Environment Committee

Judiciary Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS OF COMMISSION SALES STABLES

SUMMARY: This act revises the law governing the places where livestock animals are sold at private auction (i.e., “commission sales stables”), which the Department of Agriculture (DoAg) commissioner licenses and oversees. Livestock animals are camelids (e.g., llamas or camels) or hooved animals raised for domestic or commercial use. The act:

1. requires that all dairy and breeding animals at a commission sales stable, instead of just those older than six months, be identified;

2. establishes a 72-hour deadline for slaughtering animals after a sale;

3. requires commission sales stables to maintain certain records on animals sold or bought at the facility and make them available to DoAg for inspection;

4. explicitly prohibits commission sales stables from selling wild animals, captive cervidae (e.g., deer), pets and companion animals, and psittacine birds (e.g., parrots);

5. explicitly requires commission sales stables to obtain separate licenses to sell poultry or equines, as applicable, if they conduct those activities; and

6. allows the DoAg commissioner to adopt regulations regarding commission sales stables.

The act eliminates a requirement for female dairy or breeding animals that are at least six months old and sold by a commission sales stable to be vaccinated against brucellosis as calves. Existing law, unchanged by the act, requires all dairy and breeding animals to meet certain health requirements, including testing for brucellosis or being certified as brucellosis-free (see BACKGROUND).

The act also makes a technical change.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017

COMMISSION SALES STABLES

Animal Identification

The act requires that all animals offered for dairy or breeding purposes at a commission sales stable be identified, rather than only those older than six months. It allows identification by ear tag, as under existing law, or breed registration number if the animal is accompanied by the corresponding breed registration certificate. It eliminates tattoos as an identification method.

By law, violating the animal identification requirement is a class D misdemeanor (see Table on Penalties).

Slaughter Deadline

By law, slaughter animals may be sold only to owners or agents of slaughtering facilities. The act requires animals sold for slaughter to be moved to a slaughtering facility and slaughtered immediately or within 72 hours after the sale. Prior law required “immediate” slaughter but did not define it.

A violation of these provisions is a class D misdemeanor.

Recordkeeping Requirements

The act requires a commission sales stable licensee to maintain, for a three-year period from the date of sale, accurate records on each animal sold. The records must include the:

1. name and address of the seller and buyer;

2. name of the dealer, broker, or transporter and any other party involved in the transaction;

3. animal's official identification; and

4. destination or other disposition of the animal.

The licensee must make the records available to the DoAg commissioner, or his designee, for inspection within 24 hours after a request.

Under the act, anyone who does not provide the records as required, obstructs DoAg in performing its duties, or intentionally provides false or misleading information is subject to a fine of up to $100 per day until accurate, complete information is provided.

Regulations

The act allows the DoAg commissioner to adopt regulations regarding commission sales stables. The regulations may include:

1. requirements for on-site inspections by the commissioner or his designee;

2. specifications for keeping and providing access to required records;

3. animal identification standards;

4. requirements concerning livestock and domestic poultry originating from out of state;

5. animal segregation requirements;

6. animal health, care, and handling standards;

7. sanitation standards;

8. facility design and construction requirements;

9. requirements for animals raised for food or fiber production other than livestock; and

10. penalties for violating any commission sales stable requirements that do not already have a prescribed penalty.

BACKGROUND

Dairy and Breeding Animal Health Requirements

By law, all dairy and breeding animals brought to a commission sales stable must meet certain health requirements. If they are from within Connecticut, the animals must be from herds:

1. under state supervision and tested for brucellosis and tuberculosis within the last 14 months;

2. tested for tuberculosis within the last 14 months and regularly tested under DoAg's brucellosis ring test program; or

3. certified by DoAg as brucellosis-free.

Dairy and breeding animals from outside the state must (1) meet the health requirements for imported cattle, (2) have a health certificate from the originating state, and (3) have a DoAg-issued import permit (CGS 22-277).