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Title 6 : Agriculture

Chapter 201 : HUMANE SLAUGHTER OF LIVESTOCK

(Cite as: 6 V.S.A. § 3131)
  • § 3131. Definitions

    As used in this chapter:

    (1) "Secretary" means the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets.

    (2) "Slaughterer" means any person regularly engaged in the commercial slaughtering of livestock.

    (3) "Livestock" means cattle, calves, sheep, swine, horses, mules, goats, fallow deer, American bison, and any other animal which can or may be used in and for the preparation of meat or meat products.

    (4) "Packer" means any person engaged in the business of slaughtering, manufacturing, or preparing meat or meat products for sale.

    (5) "Stockyard" means any place, establishment, or facility conducted or operated for compensation or profit as a public market, consisting of pens, or other enclosures, and their appurtenances, for the handling, keeping, and holding of livestock for sale or shipment.

    (6) "Humane method" means either:

    (A) A method whereby the animal is rendered insensible to pain by mechanical, electrical, chemical, or other means that is rapid and effective before being shackled, hoisted, thrown, cast, or cut.

    (B) A method in accordance with ritual requirements of the Jewish faith or any other religious 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. (1967, No. 297 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. March 20, 1968; amended 1987, No. 276 (Adj. Sess.), § 3; 2003, No. 42, § 2, eff. May 27, 2003.)