AZ Statutes and the State Vet

Given that we are supposed to be a nation of laws which are to be enacted by those we elect to represent us, I thought it might be educational to enumerate the laws that pertains to the office of State Veterinarian in AZ. Each one contains a link to the actual online version of the statute.

The rules that pertains (ie the sections of AZ Administrative Code) are too lengthy to include but realize the statutes are what authorize any rule to be promulgated.

Lastly I’ll point out 3-1205 and 3-1742. Those authorize the state veterinarian to enter and seize under certain conditions. That’s a lot of power which should be used cautiously, as there’s a very old and true saying about power.

Title 3: Agriculture

Chapter 1. AGRICULTURAL ADMINISTRATION

Article 1. Department of Agriculture

Chapter 12. LIVESTOCK INJURY AND DISEASES

Article 4. Brucellosis Control

Chapter 13. SLAUGHTER OF ANIMALS AND SALE OF MEAT

Chapter 15. Animal and Bird Feeds

Article 3. Garbage Fed to Swine

Title 17: Game and Fish

Chapter 2. GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT AND GAME AND FISH COMMISSION

Chapter 3. TAKING AND HANDLING OF WILDLIFE

Title 36: Public Health and Safety

Chapter 6. PUBLIC HEALTH CONTROL

Article 9. Enhanced Surveillance Advisories and Public Health Emergencies

Disease Update

Folks – here’s a quick run down of various disease situations around the country (in no particular order.)

VSV – Vesicular Stomatis Virus

From the number of new cases reported this week, it appears this year’s epidemic is winding down. 5 new equine and 1 new bovine in CO plus 1 new equine in TX. To date 365 positive premises have been identified.

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SECD – Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease

Unfortunately this one is still ugly. Here’s last week’s mapping. Estimates are now over 7 million piglets have died in this epidemic.

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TB – Tuberculosis

I’m not aware of much cattle trade with the folks in MI. But in an attempt to keep everyone informed, MI has improved its TB status, narrowing down the affected zone.

MI-TB-2011-2014 MI-TB-OCT-2014

Unfortunately the folks to our west (CA) continue to battle the issue. Here’s an update they released in July reviewing the situation.

Be careful out there. But enjoy the ride!