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Substitute House Bill No. 5276

PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-24

AN ACT CONCERNING IMPORTATION OF CERTAIN FARM ANIMALS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 22-319 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

[(a)] Any person, firm or corporation engaged in the growing of swine which are to be used or disposed of elsewhere than on the premises where such swine are grown shall register with the Commissioner of Agriculture on forms furnished by the commissioner. The commissioner is authorized to make orders and regulations concerning examination, quarantine, disinfection, preventive treatment, disposition, transportation, importation, feeding and sanitation for the protection of swine from contagious and infectious disease. Said commissioner shall, at once, cause an investigation of all cases of such diseases coming to his knowledge and shall use all proper means to exterminate and prevent spread of the same. Instructions shall be issued in writing by the commissioner or his agent which shall contain directions for quarantine and disinfection of the premises where such disease exists. No swine shall be brought into Connecticut by any individual, corporation or common carrier, unless the same ORIGINATE FROM A HERD WHICH IS VALIDATED AS BRUCELLOSIS-FREE AND QUALIFIED PSEUDORABIES-NEGATIVE, AND are accompanied by a permit issued by the commissioner and [a] AN OFFICIAL health certificate showing such animals to be free from any contagious or infectious disease, except that swine brought into this state for the purpose of immediate slaughter upon premises where federal inspection is maintained need not be accompanied by [a] AN OFFICIAL health certificate and the owner of each establishment where federal inspection is maintained shall report weekly to the commissioner, upon forms furnished by him, the number of such swine imported. Such permit shall accompany all waybills or, if animals are driven or carted over highways, shall be in the possession of the person in charge of swine. [All swine imported for other than immediate slaughter shall originate in a validated free herd and if over three months of age, except barrows, be negative to blood test within thirty days of importation.] IN ADDITION TO ANY OTHER REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SECTION, ALL SWINE IMPORTED FOR OTHER THAN IMMEDIATE SLAUGHTER WHICH ARE OVER THREE MONTHS OF AGE, OTHER THAN BARROWS, SHALL BE NEGATIVE AS TO A BLOOD TEST FOR BRUCELLOSIS AND PSEUDORABIES WITHIN THIRTY DAYS OF IMPORTATION. WITH APPROVAL OF THE STATE VETERINARIAN, A THIRTY-DAY BLOOD TEST MAY NOT BE REQUIRED FOR SWINE ORIGINATING FROM, AND RESIDING FOR AT LEAST THIRTY DAYS PRIOR TO IMPORTATION IN, A STATE WHICH IS VALIDATED AS BRUCELLOSIS-FREE AND STAGE V PSEUDORABIES-FREE, OR FOR SWINE ORIGINATING FROM ANY HERD WHICH THE STATE VETERINARIAN DETERMINES TO BE PATHOGEN-FREE. WITH SUCH APPROVAL, SWINE MAY BE IMPORTED PURSUANT TO AN IMPORT PERMIT AND A CURRENT OFFICIAL HEALTH CERTIFICATE. All swine brought into the state for immediate slaughter shall be killed in an approved slaughterhouse under veterinary inspection. [The Commissioner of Agriculture is authorized to carry out the provisions and procedures for the eradication of hog cholera as prescribed by the National Hog Cholera Eradication Committee.] Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days or both.

[(b) Nonvalidated swine shall not be transported intrastate unless such swine are being transported for immediate slaughter, or unless such swine are less than three months of age and from a validated herd.]

Sec. 2. Subsection (a) of section 22-415c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Any equine imported into the state, except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, shall have an official interstate health certificate and an official equine infectious anemia test certificate which states that such equine has been officially tested [in the state of export] PRIOR TO BEING IMPORTED INTO THE STATE and found to be negative to equine infectious anemia within a period not exceeding twelve months prior to the date of entry. Such certificates shall include the name and address of the owner, trainer or person responsible for the equine; the name and registration number of the equine, if any; and the age, breed, sex, color and positive identifying marks or scars of the equine, including a complete description of such marks or scars.

Approved April 29, 1996. Effective October 1, 1996.

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