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Massachusetts Equine Infectious Anemia Statutes and Regulations

 

MASSACHUSETTS STATUTES
PART I. ADMINISTRATION OF THE GOVERNMENT
TITLE XIX. AGRICULTURE AND CONSERVATION
CHAPTER 129. LIVESTOCK DISEASE CONTROL [ANIMAL HEALTH]

 

44. Testing of imported equine animals for infectious anemia; certification
No person shall import into the commonwealth any equine animal without a certificate relative to such animal from a laboratory approved by the United States Department of Agriculture, dated within one year from the time of such importation certifying a negative test for equine infectious anemia by a method approved by the United States Department of Agriculture for detecting said disease. Whoever violates any provisions of this section, or of any rule or regulation promulgated hereunder, shall be punished for a first offense by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars and for any subsequent offense by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars, or by imprisonment for not more than two and one-half years, or both.


44A. Destruction or quarantine of infected equine animals

Any equine animal positive to a test approved by the United States Department of Agriculture for the detection of equine infectious anemia may be humanely destroyed; provided, that such destruction is observed by an agent of the division or of the United States department of agriculture, or may be so destroyed by a licensed veterinarian who shall report such destruction to the division, or may be sold or given under a permit from the division to an approved slaughter house or research facility, or, at the owner's option, may be retained under quarantine and held in isolation on the owner's premises; provided, however, that it may be pastured, ridden or driven on the owner's premises within a radius of two hundred yards of where it is stabled, provided, that no other horses are stabled or normally ridden or pastured within that area. Upon the discovery of one or more test positive animals within a quarter of a mile of where such animal is normally stabled, all such reactor animals shall be quarantined to screened stalls.

 

CODE OF MASSACHUSETTS REGULATIONS
TITLE 330: DEPARTMENT OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
CHAPTER 16.00: HORSES


16.05: Prevention and Suppression of Equine Infectious Anemia

(1) Negative Test Results Required

(a) No equine over six months of age is permitted at any fair, show, race meet or similar event in the Commonwealth unless it is accompanied by a negative test result for Equine Infectious Anemia which meets the requirements of 330 CMR 16.05(1)(d) and was conducted within the previous 12 months.

(b) No equine is permitted to be auctioned, sold or offered for sale in the Commonwealth unless accompanied by an official negative test result for Equine Infectious Anemia which meets the requirements of 330 CMR 16.05(1)(d) and was conducted within the previous six months.


(c) Foals under six months of age shall be exempt from the requirements of 330 CMR 16.05(1)(a) and (b), provided that the foal is with its dam and the dam is accompanied by an official negative test result as required in 330 CMR 16.05(1)(a) or (b).

(d) No negative test result for Equine Infectious Anemia is official unless:

1. the test is United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved;

2. the test was conducted at a USDA approved laboratory;

3. the blood tested was drawn by an accredited veterinarian; and

4. the test result sheet clearly identifies the horse.

(e) Any equine found at a fair, show, auction, race meet or sale not accompanied by a negative test result as required in 330 CMR 16.05(1)(a) or (b) shall be ordered isolated and will not be permitted to enter any competition, to be exhibited or offered for sale.


(2) Reactors.

(a) All reactors shall be immediately isolated by their owner or agent of the owner.

(b) Any positive test result for Equine Infectious Anemia shall be reported to the Department.

(c) When an equine tests positive for Equine Infectious nemia, no other exposed equine shall leave the premises until released by the Department.

(d) No reactor shall be retested for Equine Infectious Anemia without approval by the Department.

(e) All reactors shall be:

1. Humanely destroyed in accordance with M.G.L. 129, 44A;

2. Shipped directly to slaughter in a sealed conveyance to an approved slaughter house; or

3. Permanently identified with "14A" by a freeze brand on the left side of the neck; and

a. Retained under quarantine and held in isolation; or

b. Shipped directly to a research facility.

 

Reviewed by AAHS in October 2001.


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