Bill in Full:
BILL AS INTRODUCED H.553
2 Introduced by Representative Pellett of Chester
3 Referred to Committee on
5 Subject: Agriculture; commercial slaughter of livestock; humane slaughter of
6 livestock; prohibition; calves
7 Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to prohibit the transportation and
8 slaughter of calves less than ten days old.
9 An act relating to the transportation and slaughter of calves less than ten
10 days old
11 It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
12 Sec. 1. 6 V.S.A. § 3132 is amended to read:
13 § 3132. PROHIBITION
14 (a) No slaughterer, packer, or stockyard operator may shall bleed or
15 slaughter livestock except by a humane method. The use of a manually
16 operated hammer, sledge, poleax, or similar instrument is not a humane
17 method within the meaning of this chapter.
18 (b) A calf that is less than ten days old shall not be slaughtered or
19 transported for the purposes of slaughter. No person shall starve or otherwise
20 take any action or fail to take any action that would reasonably result in the
death of a calf for the purpose of circumventing the requirements of this
Sec. 2. 6 V.S.A. § 3134 is amended to read:
§ 3134. PENALTY
A person who violates this chapter shall be fined not more than $100.00 nor
less than $50.00 $250.00 per violation or imprisoned not more than 90 days, or
both. In addition to the penalty provided above in this section, the secretary
may seek an injunction against a slaughterer, packer, or stockyard operator
who engages in practices which are prohibited by section 3132 of this title, by
application to the superior court for the county in which such slaughterer,
packer, or stockyard operator resides, or where such violations occur.
Sec. 3. EFFECTIVE DATE
This act shall take effect July 1, 2010.