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Pennsylvania laws concerning the treatment of animals in agriculture. The laws cover such topics as maiming and disfiguring animals to the transportation of an animal.
DIGEST OF PENNSYLVANIA STATUTE LAW 1920
BASED ON PEPPER AND LEWIS' DIGEST OF LAWS OF PENNSYLVANIA
CONTAINING ALL THE GENERAL STATUTES OF THE COMMONWEATH DOWN TO 1920 WITH NOTES SHOWING SOURCES AND DERIVATION OF STATUTES AND A CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE OF ACTS 1683 TO 1920
Maiming or Disfiguring Animals.
Destruction of Injured, etc., Animals.
Registration of Cattle
Transportation of Animals
Section 394. Killing, maiming or poisoning cattle, horses, etc. Every person who shall willfully, and maliciously kill, maim or disfigure any horse, cattle, dog or other domestic animals of another person, or who shall willfully and maliciously administer poison to such beasts, or expose any poisonous substance, with intent that the same shall be taken or swallowed by them, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor; and being thereof convicted shall be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars, or to undergo an imprisonment, by separate or solitary confinement at labor, not exceeding three years, or either, or both, at the discretion of the court: Provided, That the provisions of this act shall not apply to the killing of any animal taken or found in the act of actually destroying any other domestic animal.
(1903, April 24; P.L. 296, Section 1.)
Section 395. Dehorning cattle. From and after the passage of this act it shall be lawful for any person or persons of this commonwealth to dehorn cattle in accordance with the most humane and scientific method.
(1895, June 25; P.L. 286, Section 1.)
Section 396. Authority to destroy. Any policeman or constable of any borough, township, or city, or any agent of any duly incorporated society or association for the prevention of cruelty to animals, is hereby authorized to destroy, or cause to be destroyed, any animal or animals in his charge, when, in the judgement of such policeman, constable, or agent, and by the written certificate of two reputable citizens called to view such animal in his presence, - one of whom may be selected by the owner of the said animal or animals, if he shall so request, - such animal or animals appears to be injured, disabled, diseased past recovery, or unfit for any useful purpose.
(1913, June 7; P.L. 462, Section 1)
Section 397. Inquiry as to condition of animal. Any magistrate, alderman, or justice of the peace, upon the trial of any person charged with the violation of any act for the prevention of cruelty to animals, shall inquire into the condition of the animal or animals charged with being ill-treated or otherwise abused; and if it is proven to his satisfaction that said animal or animals are so injured, disabled or diseased past recovery, or unfit for any useful purpose, he shall direct as part of the sentence that such animal or animals shall be humanely destroyed, and shall authorize any policeman or constable of any borough, township, or city, or any agent of any duly incorporated society or association for the prevention of cruelty to animals, to carry that part of the sentence into effect.
(1913, June 7; P.L. 462, Section 2.)
Section 398. Powers of State Livestock Sanitary Board. This act shall not be construed to conflict in any way with any of the powers, duties, or privileges of the State Livestock Sanitary Board, or its agents.
(1913, June 7; P.L. 462, Section 3.)
Section 399. False registration and false pedigrees of cattle and domestic animals. Every person who, by any false pretence, shall obtain from any club, association, society or company for improving the breed of cattle, horses, sheep, swine or other domestic animals the registration of any animal in the herd register, or other register, of any such club, association, society or company, or a transfer of any such registration, and every person who shall knowingly give a false pedigree of any animal, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail for a term not exceeding one year, or by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
(1887, May 19; P.L. 130, Section 1.)
Section 400. Feeding stock during transportation. It shall be lawful for drovers, owners or shippers, of horses, cattle, sheep, hogs and other animals upon the several railroads of this commonwealth and they or either of them, by themselves or their agents, shall have the right, at all seasonable hours, to enter any of the stock or cattle yards, of any of said companies, used in connection with said railroads for the purpose of feeding and taking care of said animals, while in said yards waiting transportation; and when the cars have been designated by railroad companies, or their agents, to receive any of said animals for transportation on said roads, it shall be lawful, and the said drovers, owners or shippers of said animals, or their agents, shall have the right to provide suitable and customary bedding for the kind of animals to be transported and place same in said cards, before said animals are put into the same for transportation: And provided, That said bedding shall be of the usual and customary kind used for that purpose, and shall not increase the risk, or hazard, of said companies, in the said transportation.
Section 401. Removal of hoofs from carcasses of lamb and sheep before importation and sale. On and after the passage of the [this] act, it shall be unlawful for any person to import or sell, in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, any dressed carcasses of lamb or sheep without first removing from each and every carcass all hoofs.
(1901, June 20; P.L. 585, Section 1.)
Section 402. Violations of this act; penalty. All violators of the above act shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall upon conviction thereof be subject to a penalty of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than three hundred dollars for each and every violation, and upon conviction of a second or more offenses, an additional penalty of imprisonment of not less than sixty days or more than one year, for each and every offense, shall be prescribed.
(1901, June 20; P.L. 585, Section 2.)