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Minnesota Statutes Annotated. Agriculture (Ch. 17-42). Chapter 31. Food. Slaughter of Livestock.

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Citation: MN ST 31.59 - 31.592

Citation: M. S. A. 31.59 - 31.592


Last Checked by Web Center Staff: 01/2013

Summary:   This section comprises Minnesota's humane slaughter laws.  The law requires humane slaughter of livestock, defined as any method of slaughtering livestock which normally causes animals to be rendered insensible to pain by a single blow of a mechanical instrument or shot of a firearm or by chemical, or other means that are rapid and effective; or by methods of preparation necessary to Halal ritual slaughter, Jewish ritual slaughter and of slaughtering required by the ritual of the Islamic or Jewish faith.  "Livestock" under this act is limited to cattle, horses, swine, sheep and goats. 


Statute in Full:

 

31.59. Humane slaughter of livestock; definitions

31.591. Slaughter must be humane

31.592. Penalty

 

 

31.59. Humane slaughter of livestock; definitions

Subdivision 1. Scope. For the purposes of sections 31.59 to 31.592 the following terms have the meanings given them.

Subd. 2. Slaughterer. "Slaughterer" means any person, partnership, corporation, or association regularly engaged in the commercial slaughtering of livestock.

Subd. 3. Livestock. "Livestock" means cattle, horses, swine, sheep and goats.

Subd. 4. Humane methods. "Humane methods" means:

(1) Any method of slaughtering livestock which normally causes animals to be rendered insensible to pain by a single blow of a mechanical instrument or shot of a firearm or by chemical, or other means that are rapid and effective, before being shackled, hoisted, thrown, cast, or cut; or

(2) The methods of preparation necessary to safe handling of the animals for Halal ritual slaughter, Jewish ritual slaughter and of slaughtering required by the ritual of the Islamic or Jewish faith, whereby the animal suffers loss of consciousness by anemia of the brain caused by the simultaneous and instantaneous severance of the carotid arteries with a sharp instrument.

Subd. 5. Inhumane method. The use of a manually operated hammer or sledge is declared an inhumane method of slaughter.

 CREDIT(S)

Amended by Laws 2001, c. 54, § 1.

 

31.591. Slaughter must be humane

After July 1, 1961, no slaughterer may slaughter livestock or handle livestock in connection with slaughter except by humane method.

HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES

1998 Main Volume

Derivation:

St.1961, § 614.505.
Laws 1959, c. 670, § 2.

 

31.592. Penalty- Repealed by Laws 2012, c. 244, art. 2, § 36, par. (a), eff. July 1, 2012

Any slaughterer who by act or failure to act violates section 31.591 is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished accordingly.

HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES

1998 Main Volume

Derivation:

St.1961, § 614.506.
Laws 1959, c. 670, § 3.


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