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

Open Range

2 Months Already – Wow

Actually yesterday marked the beginning of my 10th week here – and I can’t really see that I’ve gotten anything accomplished yet. Hmmmm… well maybe cleaning out this office does count for something. ūüėČ

Open Range

Let me visit with you about the¬†legal lay of the land¬†here in AZ…

ARS 3-1201. Definitions Рis a citation for the Arizona Revised Statutes Title 3, Chapter 11, Article 1, Section 1201. (Most folks would simply refer to that as the law.) You can use the link I embedded to read the whole thing. But here are a few specific definitions that I want to point out.

In this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:
4. ''Equine'' means horses, mules, burros and asses.
5. ''Livestock'' means cattle, equine, sheep, goats and swine, except feral pigs.
7. ''Poultry'' means any domesticated bird, whether live or dead, and includes chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, guineas, ratites and squabs.
8. ''Range'' means every character of lands, enclosed or unenclosed, outside of cities and towns, upon which livestock is permitted by custom, license or permit to roam and feed.
9. ''Range livestock'' means livestock customarily permitted to roam upon the ranges of the state, whether public domain or in private control, and not in the immediate actual possession or control of the owner although occasionally placed in enclosures for temporary purposes.

And just to be clear, this basically means that outside municipalities/cities’ limits,¬†livestock have the right-of-way. And they are required to be wearing a registered brand to do so (think of it along the lines of title, registration &/or proof of insurance in your car).

You¬†can¬†fence the livestock out of your property if you’re outside city limits and you don’t want them roaming across your part of the range. That’s called a¬†lawful fence – defined¬†and that’s another statute that I’ll bring up sometime soon.

Remember to enjoy the ride!