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Mississippi Equine Infectious Anemia Statutes and Regulations

 

MISSISSIPPI STATUTES
TITLE 69. AGRICULTURE, HORTICULTURE, AND ANIMALS
CHAPTER 15. BOARD OF ANIMAL HEALTH; LIVESTOCK AND ANIMAL DISEASES
ARTICLE 2. ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES TO ENFORCE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF BOARD OF ANIMAL HEALTH

 

69-15-51. Purpose.
It is the purpose of Sections 69-15-51 through 69-15-69 to establish an administrative hearing procedure under the Board of Animal Health to enforce the rules and regulations of the Board of Animal Health and the statutes and laws of the State of Mississippi pertaining to the control and eradication of tuberculosis, anthrax, hog cholera, Texas and splenic fever and the fever- carrying tick (Margaropus annulatus), cattle brucellosis, anaplasmosis, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis, muscosal disease, cattle viral diarrhea, cattle scabies, sheep scabies, swine erysipelas, swine brucellosis, equine encephalomyelitis, rabies, vesicular diseases, salmonella group, newcastle disease, infectious laryngotracheitis, ornithosis-psittacosis, mycoplasma group, equine infectious anemia and any suspected new and/or foreign diseases of livestock and poultry, and all other diseases of animals in this state, currently in effect or hereafter made and promulgated.


69-15-53. Procedure following charge of violation; reviewing officer.

(1) When any allegation or charge has been made against a person for violating the rules and regulations of the Board of Animal Health or the law relating to the prevention and eradication of diseases in animals and livestock, the Board of Animal Health shall direct the State Veterinarian to act as the reviewing officer. The reviewing officer shall (a) cause the complaint to be in writing and signed by the person making the charge; (b) insure that the complaint is filed in the office of the Board of Animal Health; and (c) send a copy of the complaint and any supporting documents to the person accused along with a request for the accused to respond to the allegations within thirty (30) days. Such notification shall be accomplished by any of the methods provided for in Rule 4 of the Mississippi Rules of Civil Procedure. Upon receipt of the response and any supporting documents from the accused, the reviewing officer shall screen all information on file to determine the merit of the complaint or lack thereof.

(2) If the reviewing officer determines that the complaint lacks merit, he may dismiss the complaint.

(3) If the reviewing officer determines that there are reasonable grounds to indicate that a violation has occurred or the accused admits to the truth of the allegations upon which the complaint is based, the reviewing officer may levy a fine not to exceed One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) for each violation.

(4) If the accused requests a hearing, in writing, within thirty (30) days, the reviewing officer shall notify the Board of Animal Health and a hearing shall be scheduled. The actions of the State Veterinarian with respect to subsections (2) and (3) above shall be reviewable at such hearing, if so requested. The party requesting a hearing shall file a fee of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) along with the request for hearing to cover the cost of a court reporter.


69-15-55. Hearing committee; hearing procedure.

(1) The Board of Animal Health, upon notice from the reviewing officer that a hearing is requested, shall appoint a three-member hearing committee which shall consist of one (1) attorney from the Attorney General's office, and two (2) representatives from the Department of Agriculture or from the membership of the Board of Animal Health. The hearing committee shall, within thirty (30) days of notification from the reviewing officer, conduct a hearing at a date, time and place to be determined by the hearing committee, provided that such hearing shall be held and conducted within the county in which the accused resides or in a situs mutually agreeable and that for good cause shown the hearing committee may grant a continuance or continuances of such hearings. Written notice of date, time and place of such hearing shall be mailed to the accused by registered mail, return receipt requested, no less than fifteen (15) days prior to the commencing of the hearing.

(2) A duly qualified court reporter shall be in attendance and shall make a full and complete transcript of the proceedings. The hearing shall be closed unless the accused shall request a public hearing. The hearing committee shall have the right and duty to impose reasonable restrictions as it may deem necessary or appropriate to insure an orderly, expeditious and impartial proceeding, and shall admit all relevant and material evidence except evidence which is unduly repetitious.

(3) For purposes of such hearing, the committee is hereby empowered to require the attendance of witnesses, administer oaths and hear testimony, either oral or documentary, for and against the accused. The board shall have the authority to issue subpoenas to compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of books, papers, records or other documentary evidence at a hearing pending before the board. Subpoenas to be issued shall be delivered to the sheriff of the county where they are to be executed and the sheriff shall cause them to be served. In case of the failure of any person to comply with any subpoena issued by the board, the board or its authorized representative may invoke the aid of any court of general jurisdiction of this state. The court may thereupon order such person to comply with the requirements of the subpoena. Failure to comply with the order of the court may be treated as contempt thereof.

(4) At the conclusion of the hearing, the hearing committee, upon the majority vote of the members of such committee, shall transmit to the Board of Animal Health a written opinion incorporating findings of fact and recommendations for penalties which shall not exceed One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) for each violation.


69-15-57. Certification of findings and recommendations to Board of Animal Health.

The reviewing officer and/or the hearing committee shall certify findings and recommendations to the Board of Animal Health within five (5) days of the conclusion of the proceedings. The Board of Animal Health shall, at its next regular meeting, review such findings and recommendations and approve, modify or reverse the recommendations made as a result of the review and hearing. The Board of Animal Health shall then notify the accused violator of its decision by certified mail at a mailing address provided during the proceedings, or at the accused violator's last-known address.


69-15-59. Waiver of right to hearing.

Failure of the accused to request a hearing or respond to the complaint within thirty (30) days shall constitute a waiver of the right to a hearing and any penalties assessed by the board shall be due and payable as provided in Section 69-15-67.


69-15-61. Jurisdiction of Board of Animal Health; authority to adopt rules and regulations.

The Board of Animal Health shall have jurisdiction over all persons and property necessary to administer and enforce the provisions of Sections 69-15- 51 through 69-15-69, the rules and regulations of the board, and all other laws relating to the prevention and eradication of diseases in animals and livestock. The board may adopt rules and regulations to implement the provisions of Sections 69-15-51 through 69-15-69.


69-15-63. Judicial review.

(1) Any individual aggrieved by a final decision of the Board of Animal Health after its review of the hearing officer's recommendation shall be entitled to judicial review.

(2) An appeal from the board's decision shall be filed in the Circuit Court of the First Judicial District of Hinds County on the record made, including a verbatim transcript of the testimony at the hearing held before the designated hearing committee of the Board of Animal Health. The appeal shall be filed within thirty (30) days after notification of the action of the board is mailed or served and the proceedings in circuit court shall be conducted as other matters coming before the court. The appeal shall be perfected upon filing notice of the appeal and by the prepayment of all costs, including the cost of preparation of the record of the proceedings by the Board of Animal Health, and the filing of a bond in the sum of Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) conditioned that if the action of the board be affirmed by the circuit court, the aggrieved party shall pay the costs of the appeal and the action of the circuit court.

(3) The scope of review of the circuit court in such cases shall be limited to a review of the record made before the board or hearing committee to determine if the action of the board is unlawful for the reason that it was:

(a) Not supported by any substantial evidence;

(b) Arbitrary or capricious; or

(c) In violation of some statutory or constitutional right of the individual.

(4) No relief shall be granted based upon the court's finding of harmless error by the board in complying with the procedural requirements of Sections 69-15-51 through 69-15-61. In the event that there is a finding of prejudicial error in the proceedings, the cause may be remanded for a rehearing consistent with the findings of the court.

(5) Any party aggrieved by action of the circuit court may appeal to the State Supreme Court in the manner provided by law.


69-15-65. Penalties.

(1) Each violation of the rules and regulations of the Board of Animal Health or violations of any other of the laws governing the eradication of contagious diseases in animals and livestock shall be subject to the imposition of a civil penalty up to One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00).

(2) When one or more animals are involved and are the subject of the violation each animal shall constitute a separate violation.


69-15-67. Failure to pay penalty.
(1) Any penalty assessed by the Board of Animal Health shall be due and payable within forty-five (45) days of the notification of the board's decision.

(2) In the event that the judgment is not paid within the forty-five (45) days, or within such additional time as the board may allow, the Board of Animal Health through its designated representative may file suit in the circuit court of the county where the defendant resides or in the case of a nonresident defendant in the Circuit Court of the First Judicial District of Hinds County or any other court with appropriate jurisdiction to enforce the decision of the board and recover reasonable attorney's fees and all court costs.

(3) A copy of the notification sent by the board to the violator shall be sufficient proof as to the judgment of the board.


69-15-69. Immunity for witnesses.

No person shall be subject to criminal prosecution or to any penalty or forfeiture for or on account of any transaction, matter or issue concerning which he may be required to testify to or produce evidence, or provide documentation, before the board or at any of its hearings or conferences, or in compliance with any subpoena, however, no person testifying shall be exempt from prosecution and punishment for perjury committed in so testifying.

ARTICLE 3. GENERAL PROVISIONS FOR CONTROL AND ERADICATION OF LIVESTOCK AND ANIMAL DISEASES


69-15-101. Areas for control of diseases of livestock and poultry.

(1) The boards of supervisors of any county, or one or more counties, are hereby authorized and empowered, in their discretion, to establish areas composed of one or more counties for the purpose of cooperating with the board of animal health and the United States Bureau of Animal Industry, separately or jointly, in providing for a program of control and eradication of certain diseases of livestock and poultry within such area established.

(2) Boards of supervisors of any county or counties acting under the authority conferred by this section are authorized and empowered, in their discretion, to contribute to the support of such area program in an amount equal to thirty- three and one-third per cent of the cost of administering the program in such area. The cost of administering such program to be determined by the board and entered upon their minutes at the time funds are appropriated for the support of same. The funds herein authorized to be expended by the board or boards of supervisors of each county or group of counties comprising such area shall be paid out of the general fund of such county or counties on order of the board of supervisors duly entered on their minutes.

(3) The board of animal health is hereby authorized to purchase and supply at cost any vaccine necessary for use in control and eradication of diseases of livestock and poultry in such area hereby authorized to be established, to the owners of livestock or poultry residing in an area cooperating with the control program hereby authorized.

(4) In order that any area created under the provisions of this section may have the services of a veterinarian, the board of animal health is hereby authorized and empowered, in their discretion, to employ a veterinarian for such area, and such area veterinarian shall have the authority to employ local veterinarians with the approval of the board of animal health, and the board of supervisors of the county or counties comprising such area are authorized and empowered to contribute to the payment of the salary of such veterinarians employed by the board of animal health.


69-15-111. Livestock; how brought into state.

It shall be unlawful for any person or persons, firm or corporation to drive, convey, transport or allow to drift from any state or territory, into this state any livestock except under the supervision and in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Board of Animal Health. Steers may be moved into the state for feeding and grazing purposes under special permit issued by the State Veterinarian.

Livestock shipped, trailed, driven or otherwise transported into this state from other states or territories shall be subject to examinations and tests approved by the Board of Animal Health for the purpose of determining if such animals are free of infectious abortion or bangs disease. Should such animals react to the tests, they shall immediately upon notice to the owner from the board or one (1) of the board's inspectors or veterinarians be returned to the state from which they came, or slaughtered under the supervision and direction of the board. The Board of Animal Health is authorized and empowered to require livestock owners or persons having livestock in charge, affected with, or exposed to infectious abortion, upon notice to assemble or have assembled such livestock at a place and time designated by an inspector or veterinarian of the Board of Animal Health or of the United States Bureau of Animal Industry in order that the proper and necessary tests and examinations can be made. All animals which react to the test for infectious abortion or show marked diagnostic symptoms of infectious abortion shall be quarantined, segregated, isolated or otherwise disposed of under the direction of the Board of Animal Health.

Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this section or any of the rules and regulations of the Board of Animal Health shall be deemed in violation of the provisions of this section and shall be subject to the provisions of Sections 69-15-53 through 69-15-69.


69-15-113. Infected livestock; pay for when destroyed.

Owners of livestock infected with any contagious or infectious disease, whose animals are destroyed by authority of the board of animal health shall receive compensation from the state in accordance with the following provisions:

Before authorizing the destruction of such diseased animals, they shall be appraised by a duly commissioned representative of the board of animal health of the State of Mississippi or a cooperating representative of the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Industry, duly commissioned by said board of animal health. If the owner shall refuse to accept such appraisal, the animals shall be appraised (under oath) by three competent and disinterested appraisers; one to be selected by the duly commissioned representative of the board of animal health or of the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Industry duly commissioned by said board of animal health, one by the owner, and those two to select a third; the appraisal to be based upon the value of the animals at the time the animals are condemned for destruction; and, provided, further, that the state to pay not to exceed one-third of the difference between the appraised value of each animal so destroyed and the value of the salvage thereof, when any portion of said appraised value is paid by the U. S. Department of Agriculture, and not more than two-thirds thereof in the event no portion is paid by said U. S. Department of Agriculture. In no event shall the state be liable on an appraised value exceeding $25.00 per head for grade cattle and $50.00 per head for registered purebred cattle.

Upon receipt of a duly certified copy of the appraisal of the stock condemned to be destroyed, and a certificate from the board of animal health that the condemned stock has been destroyed in accordance with the rules and regulations of said board, a requisition shall be issued, signed by the executive officer and the chairman of the state board of animal health, authorizing the state auditor to issue a warrant for the amount stipulated out of funds in the state treasury especially appropriated for that purpose.


69-15-115. Penalties.

Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of Article 5 of this chapter, or any of the rules and regulations of the Board of Animal Health, relative to the control and eradication of tuberculosis, anthrax, hog cholera, Texas and splenic fever and the fever-carrying tick (Margaropus annulatus), cattle brucellosis, anaplasmosis, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis, muscosal disease, cattle viral diarrhea, cattle scabies, sheep scabies, swine erysipelas, swine brucellosis, equine encephalomyelitis, rabies, vesicular diseases, salmonella group, newcastle disease, infectious laryngotracheitis, ornithosis-psittacosis, mycoplasma group, equine infectious anemia and any suspected new and/or foreign diseases of livestock and poultry, and all other diseases of animals in this state, made and promulgated thereunder shall be subject to the provisions of Sections 69-15-53 through 69- 15-69.



69-15-117. Equine infectious anemia test requirement for shows or sales
(1) All equidae located on any premises within the state where the public participates in equine activities for any purpose, including, but not limited to, training, breeding, performing or exhibition shall be accompanied by the original copy of a negative current equine infectious anemia (EIA) test. All equidae moving within the state for any reason shall be accompanied by the original copy of a negative current equine infectious anemia (EIA) test. Equidae being sold at a public sale or sold at a private sale shall have a negative current equine infectious anemia (EIA) test.

(2) The Board of Animal Health shall promulgate rules and regulations to enforce this section.

(3) Any person violating this section or the rules and regulations promulgated under this section by the Board of Animal Health is subject to the penalties provided in Section 69-15-65.

 

CODE OF MISSISSIPPI RULES
25. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND COMMERCE
010. ANIMAL HEALTH BOARD
012. EQUINE REGULATIONS


25 010 012. Equine Regulations
EQUINE REGULATIONS
I. GENERAL REGULATIONS

1. E.I.A. TEST REQUIRED

Equines entering Mississippi for any purpose must be accompanied by:

1. An official interstate health certificate issued by a licensed accredited veterinarian, or state or federal veterinarian showing the name, breed, registration number, if any, tattoo or brand, if any, sex, age, color and markings of each horse listed on the certificate. Name of laboratory, laboratory number, date of test, and test results for each horse must be recorded on the health certificate.

2. Officially Approved Equine Passport

3. Record of physical examination of each animal, verifying animal to be free of symptoms of any infectious, contagious, or communicable disease.

4. An official copy of the official laboratory test for Equine Infectious. (Coggins test), certifying the animal to be negative to test within the past 12 months.

Horses or other equidae present at or moving to racetracks, rodeos, shows, fairs, or similar assembly points shall be accompanied by the original copy of a negative equine infectious anemia (E.I.A.) test within the past twelve (12) months. Horses or other equidae moving to a public sale or sold at a private sale shall present a negative equine infectious anemia (E.I.A.) test dated within the past twelve (12) months. The test must be conducted at an approved laboratory and the name of the laboratory and the case number must appear on the test chart.

2. TESTING FOR E.I.A.

(a) Horses or other equidae to be tested for equine infectious anemia (E.I.A.) must be completely and properly identified by licensed, graduate Veterinarians(s), using the official test forms provided by the office of the State Veterinarian.

(b) Only one chart for each horse or other equidae to be tested shall be utilized by the testing veterinarian. If the animal is registered, it's registration number shall be entered on the chart. Further, any distinctive markings and their location on the animal such as brands, tattoos, stars, snips, stockings, or other markings shall also be noted on the official chart.

(c) A horse or other equidae receiving a premises test shall not be sold or title otherwise transferred until the results of the equine infectious anemia testperformed on the animal is returned. Positive test results shall automatically result in the quarantine of the animal without further notice at the premises of the owner or where the test was conducted.

(d) All tests for equine infectious anemia by laboratories other than the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory of Mississippi shall be reported to the Board of Animal Health. Any E.I.A. test on equine located in Mississippi shall be reported on official forms furnished by the office of the State Veterinarian.

3. RETESTS

Horse(s) or other equidae found positive to an official test for equine infectious anemia shall have a confirmatory retest by State Regulatory personnel, within fifteen (15) days of the initial test.

4. BRANDING

Animals positive on the retest must be freeze branded on the left side of the neck or left shoulder at the discretion of the state equine inspector with the characters "65-A" and the official reactor number assigned by the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. The owner of this reactor(s) must submit the animal for branding by the regulatory personnel within fifteen (15) days of the confirmatory test.

5. DISPOSING OF REACTORS

Any horse or other equidae found to be infected with equine infectious anemia shall be isolated or sold for slaughter within seven days of branding. Positive animals shall be subject to the following disposition, at the option of the owner:

(a) With approval of the State Veterinarian or his designated inspector, the animal may be sold for slaughter to bona fide slaughter buyers. E.I.A. reactors must be permitted on Form 1-27 provided by the inspector for movement from farm to sale and/or from sale to slaughter establishment, or

(b) Quarantine of the infected, branded, horse until death in an isolation facility on the owner's premises or elsewhere, and said isolation facility to be approved by an authorized representative of the Board of Animal Health. A written quarantine will be issued for each case. Minimum standards for an approved isolation facility shall be a plot or pasture located a minimum of 200 yards from any other horse enclosure, or horse, or other equidae, except another know E.I.A. Reactor. Owners of infected, branded horses shall not sell, barter, trade or give away these horses except as provided in this regulation.

6. ADJACENT EQUINE

When a horse, mule, jack, or burro is found positive by an official E.I.A. test and an E.I.A. retest by state personnel, all horses, mules, jacks, and burros on the same premises (farm, pasture or stable), and all other horses, mules, jacks, and burros located on adjacent farms, pastures, or stables within 200 yards or otherhorses or equidae which shall have been so located within 60 days prior to the positive testing of a horse or other equidae officially tested by state regulatory personnel 30 to 45 days after the isolation or removal of the positive reactor. All horses, mules, jacks and burros on the same farm, pasture or stable of the E.I.A. positive animal, shall be quarantined until officially tested after 30 to 45 days and found negative to the E.I.A. test.

7. ISOLATION

The owner of a positive horse is required to keep his reactor isolated from

all negative horses. The owner of a positive horse shall relocate his horse in order to maintain the proscribed isolation distance from any negative horses that move adjacent to the reactor. The owner of an isolated equine shall notify the State Veterinarian when it becomes necessary to relocate an isolated equine.

8. MOVEMENT

Positive animals moving interstate must meet applicable regulations of the state of destination as well as Federal regulations. The State Veterinarian may authorize the movement of infected animals to approved facilities for research purposes. In the event of the development of an approved treatment for E.I.A. the State Veterinarian may authorize the release from quarantine animals successfully cleansed of the disease.

9. VIOLATIONS

Any person, firm, or corporation which violates these rules and regulations governing the control and eradication of equine infectious anemia or the provisions of quarantine and movement of animals is subject to prosecution for each such offense and penalties in accordance with applicable sections of the Mississippi Code of 1972.

II. STOCKYARD AND SALES REGULATIONS

1. E.I.A.TEST EXCEPTIONS

All equine offered for sale, or sold at regularly scheduled horse sales, livestock markets, or by private treaty shall be tested for Equine Infectious Anemia (E.I.A.) except:

(a) Equine being offered for sale that have a negative E.I.A. test within the past twelve months. The equine must be properly identified on the test chart. The negative test chart must be presented at the time of check-in.

(b) Equine that have no test and the owner does not want tested, and is offering for slaughter only shall be "S" branded before being offered for sale and shall only be sold for slaughter. Once identified with an "S" brand, the equine cannot return to the farm of origin.

(c) All equine must be declared prior to entry into the sale barn. After unloading, the equine shall not be permitted to return to the farm of origin without meeting EIA test requirements.

(d) Any E.I.A. positive horse or other equine presented at a stockyard shall be placed in a designated pen in an area of the market away from all other equine. Said pen shall be clearly identified as an E.I.A. pen.

3. TESTS BY APPROVED STOCKYARDS

Livestock markets or sales that have previously approved permanent facilities and staff, including an approved licensed graduate veterinarian, may handle Mississippi equine that do not have a negative test provided each such Mississippi animal is tested as provided in these regulations.

4. VETERINARIAN REQUIRED

Livestock markets or equine sales offering to provide an E.I.A. test for Mississippi equine must employ a licensed graduate veterinarian, approved by the Mississippi Board of Animal Health.

5. MARKET AND SALE RESPONSIBILITY

Livestock markets and all others conducting sales of equine shall:

(a) Send notices of all sales to the Mississippi Board of Animal Health.

(b) Obtain prior written approval from the Mississippi Board of Animal Health at least two weeks prior to the sale.

6. CHECK-INS

Livestock markets and all others conducting sales of equine shall have check- in procedures and:

(a) See that the correct name and mailing address of the owner is on the "checkin" form, along with the tag number of the vehicle that transported the

animal(s).

(b) Apply a backtag or paint number at "check-in" and note it on the "check- in" form.

(c) See that all E.I.A. test records are collected and presented to the market veterinarian and/or the state livestock inspector for verification prior to the sale.

7. E.I.A. TESTING

(a) Equine must be presented to the market or sale Veterinarian if testing is required, and assistance must be provided to the veterinarian for drawing blood samples for the E.I.A. test.

(b) The market veterinarian will be paid by the market or sales management. The veterinarian will be charged by the approved lab of his choice. The market or sales management will be responsible for collecting a fee from the seller.

8. RECORDS

The market or sales management must maintain records of sales for a minimum of two (2) years, so that animals that react positively to the E.I.A. test may be traced.

9. NO PRIVATE SALES

Those managing the sale shall prevent the sale of horses on the premises that are not being offered for sale through the market or sale.

10. MARKET OR SALE VETERINARIANS

Stockyard and sale veterinarians shall:

(a) collect blood samples (5cc) in correct type tube with identification for correlating to the proper animals from each animal presented for test.

(b) Properly identify each animal tested on Mississippi Board of Animal Health forms as to the name or registration number, age, sex, breed, color and markings, brands, tattoos, scars, etc.

(c) Promptly mail blood and charts to Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

(d) Each market veterinarian involved in the E.I.A. program shall have a signed approval from the Mississippi Board of Animal Health.

11. BLOOD ANALYSIS WAIVER

(a) Equine sold at the stockyard for slaughter may have the blood analysis waived upon presenting the equine to the state livestock inspector for branding and the issuance of a VS 1-27 shipping permit. Notice must be given directly to the veterinarian and the livestock inspector by the stockyard management.

(b) Markets desiring to participate in the foregoing program must obtain prior approval from the Board of Animal Health and sign an agreement to comply with

the terms of this regulation and any specific terms that the Board may direct.

12. E.I.A. APPROVED DRY LOT

(a) Anyone desiring to purchase reactor or "S" branded equine shall have an approved buying station or holding area (dry lot) that will house only restricted animals. Others must haul restricted equine directly to slaughter establishments or approved lots pursuant to a VS 1-27 shipping permit.

(b) Anyone desiring to participate in the foregoing program must obtain prior approval from the Board of Animal Health and sign an agreement to comply with the terms of this regulation and any additional conditions that the Board may require.

III. MISSISSIPPI BOARD OF ANIMAL HEALTH LIVESTOCK INSPECTORS

1. LIVESTOCK INSPECTORS AUTHORITY

Mississippi Board of Animal Health livestock inspectors shall have the authorithy to:

(a) Monitor the "check-in" personnel of the market or sale to see that the sellers are submitting the necessary E.I.A. test charts, and that they match the description of the equine admitted.

(b) Review the "check-in" records to see that vehicle tags of sellers are

recorded.

(c) Check for the proper placement of backtags, and the "S" branding of horses not being tested.

(d) Monitor for the safe keeping of records.

(e) Monitor to prevent unauthorized sales of horses, that do not meet requirements, on the premises other than through the auction.

(f) Inspect for compliance with the rules and regulations of the Mississippi Board of Animal Health.

The foregoing regulations replace those regulations previously adopted by the Mississippi Board of Animal Health specifically dealing with equine and equine infectious anemia. These regulations were approved and adopted by the Mississippi Board of Animal Health on April 5, 1995 and filed with the Secretary of State on April 5, 1995, with the effective date of the regulations July 5, 1995. Amended November 3rd 1999 to include the entry requirements for horses coming into Mississippi to allow the use of an official equine passport.

 

25 010 013. Health Requirements Governing the Admission of Animals


*** GENERAL ***

1. Health Certificate Requirements - Health Certificates are required on all animals except livestock consigned to Federal approved slaughter establishments.

2. Relation to Federal Requirements - Livestock imports are to meet Mississippi and Federal interstate requirements, a health certificate, permit and/or waybill shall accompany the shipment as stipulated. No animal, including poultry, exotic or pet birds, or any species affected with, or recently exposed to any infectious, contagious or communicable disease, or that originated from a quarantined herd or area, shall be shipped or in any manner transported or moved into the State of Mississippi, except those animals affected with such diseases which are approved for interstate shipment by United States Department of Agriculture, APHIS, Veterinary Services, except for immediate slaughter.

3. Permits - A. Requests for permits for cattle, swine and exotics shall be directed to the Mississippi State Veterinarian. All international imports of animals other than dogs or cats require prior entry permit. The following information is required to secure the permit:

1. Complete name and mailing addresses of consignor and consignee;

2. Number, breed and sex of animals;

3. Purpose of shipment;

4. Brucellosis and Tuberculosis status of test eligible cattle, swine and exotics: Pseudorabies status of swine;

5. Origin and destination if different from item 1. B. To obtain a permit call: 601-359-1170, anytime day or night.

Please note: Evenings and after hours will be answered by an answering machine.

4. Duties of Carriers - A. Owners and operators of private and common carriers, trucks and other conveyances are forbidden to move any livestock into, or through this state except in compliance with provisions set forth in these regulations.

B. All railway cars, trucks, and other conveyances used for the transportation of livestock and poultry shall be maintained in a sanitary condition.

C. Any carrier failing to comply with any of the provisions of this regulation, or interfering with any duly appointed representative of the Mississippi Board of Animal Health or USDA in the discharge of his duty, or having discharged of his duties, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished as authorized in Sections 69-15-9, 69-15-111, and 69-15-331 of the Mississippi Code, Annotated. (et. seq. 1972)

5. Health Certificates - Licensed graduate accredited Veterinarians, or

Veterinarians regularly employed by the state of origin, or Veterinary Services division of APHIS, USDA are authorized to inspect and issue official health certificates on livestock entering Mississippi.

B. All livestock entering Mississippi must be accompanied by an official health certificate, except livestock consigned to slaughtering establishments under State or Federal supervision accompanied by a USDA permit (VS Form 1-27), waybills, bills of lading or certificate of ownership. All tested cattle entering on a health certificate, other than cattle to slaughter, must be individually identified.

*** HORSES & OTHER EQUIDAE ***

Equines entering Mississippi for any purpose must be accompanied by:

1. An official interstate health certificate issued by a licensed accredited veterinarian, or state or federal veterinarian showing the name, breed, registration number, if any, tattoo or brand, if any, sex, age, color and markings of each horse listed on the certificate. Name of laboratory, laboratory number, date of test, and test results for each horse must be recorded on the health certificate.

2. Record of physical examination of each animal, verifying animal to be free

of symptoms of any infectious, contagious, or communicable disease.

3. Officially recognized Equine Passport may be used in lieu of Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.

4. An official copy of the official laboratory test for Equine Infectious Anemia (Coggins test), certifying the animal to be negative to test within the past 12 months.


Amended in 2001.
Reviewed by AAHS in October 2001.


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