|Posted:||February 1, 2013 12:00 PM|
|From:||Senator Michael L. Waugh|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Certification of Health for Animal Exhibitions|
|I am introducing legislation, that I proposed last year but did not formally introduce, that amends Title 3 (Agriculture) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes regarding the documentation required to exhibit animals at livestock shows.
Under current law, a person may not bring an animal to an exhibition (including county fairs and the PA Farm Show) unless the person has an established “veterinarian-client-patient relationship.” The Department of Agriculture has enforced this by requiring an animal exhibitor to fill out a form self-certifying that their animal has such a relationship with a veterinarian.
In light of the fact that many, if not most, animal exhibitors also have a health certificate for their animals (which is signed by a veterinarian certifying the health of the animal), I have heard from a number of exhibitors questioning the need of providing the separate veterinarian-client-patient relationship form. This legislation would clarify that an animal health certificate can be accepted in lieu of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship form.
Previous co-sponsors included Senators Eichelberger, Folmer, Baker, Ward and Alloway.
If you have any questions regarding this legislation, please contact Chris Naylor in my office at 787-3817 or email@example.com .
Introduced as SB526