WSR 99-03-084

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

[Filed January 20, 1999, 9:36 a.m.]



Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 98-24-097.

Title of Rule: Chapter 16-54 WAC, Animal importation.

Purpose: The purpose of chapter 16-54 WAC is to lay out rules for the importation of animals to protect the animal health or public health in the state of Washington.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 16.36.040.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 16.36.020, [16.36.]040, [16.36.]050, [16.36.]096, and [16.36.]100.

Summary: Changes to the rule modifies the definition and rules for an official brucellosis vaccinate. Makes technical corrections and modernizes language. Exempts dogs, cats, ferrets, horses, llamas, alpacas, and sheep from some health certificate requirements. Excludes Idaho horse from EIA testing if reciprocal. Removes a large section of obsolete language pertaining to equine quarantine stations. Modified import requirements for sheep and blackface sheep.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Modernizes the rules, reduces some regulatory burden, removes unnecessary language, and makes the rule consistent and complementary to a new proposed scrapie rule.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Robert W. Mead, DVM, 1111 Washington Street, Olympia, 98504, (360) 902-1881; Implementation and Enforcement: Kathleen M. Connell, DVM, 1111 Washington Street, Olympia, 98504, (360) 902-1835.

Name of Proponent: Washington Department of Agriculture, Washington Sheep Producers, Washington Cattlemen's Association, Washington Dairy Federation, private and governmental.

Agency Comments or Recommendations, if any, as to Statutory Language, Implementation, Enforcement, and Fiscal Matters: There will be a net reduction in regulations on imported animals.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: These changes to chapter 16-54 WAC will make the rule more readable and understandable. Obsolete sections and language have been removed. Some regulatory burden on importers of certain animals is removed and import requirements for sheep complements the new proposed scrapie rule, chapter 16-89 WAC.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: The changes modernize and bring up to date the animal import rules. Dogs, cats, horses, llamas, alpacas, and sheep under the new rules may be imported without an interstate health certificate if they are personal animals, not for sale, are traveling in personal vehicles for visits of 96 hours or less. The revised rule only applies to Oregon and Idaho horses and any required tests or vaccinations are still required for entry. New sheep import rules are slightly more restrictive as part of the new scrapie prevention program.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The overall impact of these changes is fiscally positive because the regulatory burden on small agricultural businesses is being reduced or eliminated. The additional testing costs for sheep owners in other states who wish to import into Washington will be less than $50.00 each for approximately twenty-five importations of rams by out-of-state sheep owners annually.

Section 201, chapter 403, Laws of 1995, does not apply to this rule adoption. The Washington State Department of Agriculture is not a listed agency in section 201.

Hearing Location: Cafeteria Conference Room, First Floor, Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington Street, Olympia, WA 98504-2577, on February 23, 1999, at 1:00 p.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Cathy Jensen by February 23, 1999, TDD (360) 902-1996, or (360) 902-1878.

Submit Written Comments to: Robert W. Mead, DVM, State Veterinarian, P.O. Box 42577, Olympia, WA 98504-2577, fax (360) 902-2087, by February 22, 1999.

Date of Intended Adoption: April 15, 1999.

January 19, 1999

Candace Jacobs, DVM

Assistant Director

OTS-2705.1

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 5010, filed 9/21/93, effective 10/22/93)



WAC 16-54-010  Definitions. For purposes of this chapter:

(1) "Director" means the director of agriculture of the state of Washington or his duly authorized representative.

(2) "Breeding cattle" shall be those females and bulls not consigned to a federally inspected slaughter establishment, a restricted feedlot, or other authorized slaughter only channel.

(3) "Official brucellosis test" means blood samples are to be tested only by cooperating state-federal laboratories or by such persons as may be authorized by state of origin animal health officials to conduct the standard agglutination tests or the card test. All samples initially tested at other than cooperating state-federal laboratories shall be promptly submitted and confirmed at the cooperating state-federal laboratory.

(4) "Official ((calfhood)) brucellosis vaccinate" means a female bovine animal vaccinated between the ages of four and twelve months (one hundred twenty days to three hundred sixty-five days) with an approved brucella vaccine such as strain 19 vaccine or RB-51 vaccine or any other legal brucellosis vaccination administered in accordance with the laws and regulations of a state or country.

(5) "Class free and Class A, B, and C states" means states as classified by the current federal brucellosis eradication uniform methods and rules.

(6) "Stage I, II, III, IV, or V Pseudorabies state" means states as classified by the current federal pseudorabies eradication Uniform Methods and Rules.

(7) "Official health certificate" means a legible certificate of veterinary inspection executed on an official form of the state of origin or of the Animal and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), by a licensed and accredited veterinarian or a veterinarian approved by the proper official of APHIS, USDA.

(8) "Animal" means any animal species except fish and insects.

(9) "Domestic animal" means any farm animal raised for the production of food and fiber or companion animal or both.

(10) "Farm animal" means any species which have normally and historically been kept and raised on farms in Washington, the United States, or elsewhere or used or intended for use as food, fiber, breeding, or draft and which may be legally kept for such use in Washington and are not those animals classified as wildlife or deleterious exotic wildlife under Title 77 RCW.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.096 and 16.36.040. 93-19-126 (Order 5010), 16-54-010, filed 9/21/93, effective 10/22/93; 92-21-039, 16-54-010, filed 10/15/92, effective 11/15/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and 16.36.050. 88-05-003 (Order 1964), 16-54-010, filed 2/5/88; 84-16-022 (Order 1838), 16-54-010, filed 7/24/84; Order 1172, 16-54-010, filed 12/15/70; Order 1024, Regulation 1, filed 7/22/66, effective 8/22/66; Order 957, Regulation 1, filed 8/31/64; Order 915, filed 4/1/63; Order 856, effective 7/19/61; Order 837, filed 4/14/61.]



AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 1838, filed 7/24/84)



WAC 16-54-016  Official ((calfhood)) brucellosis vaccinates. All vaccinations must be done by a licensed accredited veterinarian or federal or state employed veterinarian. Vaccinated animals must be permanently identified as vaccinates by a tattoo in the right ear. The tattoo shall be the U.S. registered shield and V preceded by a ((number)) letter indicating the quarter of the year for vaccination with strain 19, an R for RB-51 vaccination under twelve months of age and any other state designation for other categories of brucellosis vaccinations and followed by a number corresponding to the last digit of the year in which vaccination was done. An official vaccination tag shall be used for individual animal identification unless excepted by the director.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and 16.36.050. 84-16-022 (Order 1838), 16-54-016, filed 7/24/84. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 16.40 RCW. 81-01-073 (Order 1716), 16-54-016, filed 12/17/80, effective 4/1/81; Order 1540, 16-54-016, filed 10/17/77.]



AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 5010, filed 9/21/93, effective 10/22/93)



WAC 16-54-020  Illegal importation. (1) All animals being shipped into this state must have met the requirements of Title 9, Code of Federal Regulations as revised as of January 1, 1998, ((in effect at the time of)) for movement or importation from foreign countries and in addition ((thereto)) must meet all the applicable laws, rules and regulations of the state of Washington pertaining to animal health and care of animals.

(2) It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to import any animal unless in compliance with the requirements set forth hereafter in this order, and regulations relating to importation into and movement within the state of Washington of poultry, hatching eggs and wildlife. No animal, including poultry and wildlife, that is affected with any infectious or communicable disease shall be imported into the state unless written permission for the importation is obtained from the director and in the instance of wildlife, written permission from the director of the department of wildlife shall also be obtained.

(3) It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation importing livestock into the state of Washington to fail to stop for inspection at any posted livestock inspection point.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.096 and 16.36.040. 93-19-126 (Order 5010), 16-54-020, filed 9/21/93, effective 10/22/93; 92-21-039, 16-54-020, filed 10/15/92, effective 11/15/92; Order 1540, 16-54-020, filed 10/17/77; Order 1172, 16-54-020, filed 12/15/70; Order 1024, filed 7/22/66, effective 8/22/66; Order 957, Regulation 2, filed 8/31/64; Order 915, filed 4/1/63; Order 856, effective 7/19/61; Order 837, filed 4/14/61; Order 818, filed 1/20/61; Order 756, filed 3/22/60.]



AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 92-21-039, filed 10/15/92, effective 11/15/92)



WAC 16-54-030  Health certificate. (1) All animals entering Washington shall be accompanied by an official health certificate except:

(a) Dogs and cats originating in Washington and visiting Canada for thirty days or less.

(b) Dogs, cats and ferrets that are family pets traveling by private automobile with their owners who possess a current rabies certificate for the animals. This exemption does not apply to dogs, cats or ferrets imported for sale or puppies, kittens, or kits too young to vaccinate.

(c) Horses traveling into Washington with their Oregon or Idaho owners in personal vehicles for round-trip visits of not more than ninety-six hours duration. This exemption does not apply during emergency disease conditions declared by the state veterinarian or extend to any required testing.

(d) Llamas and alpacas traveling into Washington with their Oregon or Idaho owners in personal vehicles for round-trip visits of not more than ninety-six hours duration. This exemption does not apply during emergency disease conditions declared by the state veterinarian.

(e) Sheep traveling into Washington with their Oregon or Idaho owners in personal vehicles for round-trip visits of not more than ninety-six hours duration. This exemption does not apply during emergency disease conditions declared by the state veterinarian or extend to any animals entering for breeding purposes.

(f) Those classes of animals specifically exempted in laws or regulations of this state.

(2) Official health certificate shall contain the following information:

(a) Date of inspection. All health certificates void after thirty days, except breeding cattle forty-five days from date of issue((: Provided,)). The director may give special exemption for show animals.

(b) Names and addresses of the consignor and consignee.

(c) Certification that the animals are apparently free from evidence of infectious and communicable disease.

(d) Test or vaccination status when required.

(e) Description of each animal to include species, breed, age, sex, tag or tattoo and for cattle, only an official ear tag will be accepted or if registered, the registry name, number and tattoo for individual identification except one brand or other owner identified animals, all of the same description, for which tests are not required.

(f) Certification of disinfection of cars and trucks when required.

(g) An owner/agent statement which says "the animals in this shipment are those certified to and listed on this certificate" and is signed and dated by the owner, agent, or veterinarian.

(3) All health certificates shall be ((approved)) reviewed by the livestock sanitary official of the state of origin and a copy shall be forwarded immediately to the department of agriculture, Olympia, Washington.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and 16.36.096. 92-21-039, 16-54-030, filed 10/15/92, effective 11/15/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and 16.36.050. 87-08-021 (Order 1918), 16-54-030, filed 3/25/87; Order 1540, 16-54-030, filed 10/17/77; Order 1172, 16-54-030, filed 12/15/70; Order 1024, Regulation 3, filed 7/22/66, effective 8/22/66; Order 957, filed 8/31/64; Order 915, filed 4/1/63; Order 856, effective 7/19/61; Order 837, filed 4/14/61; Order 818, filed 1/20/61; Order 756, filed 3/22/60.]



AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 1792, filed 4/8/83)



WAC 16-54-040  Immediate slaughter cattle and horses. The director, his appointed officers, any other peace officers, or member of the state patrol may stop vehicles carrying cattle or horses to determine if the cattle or horses are identified or branded as immediate slaughter cattle or horses and, if so, that the cattle or horses are not being diverted for other purposes to points other than the specified point of slaughter. Slaughter horse assembly and feedlot points wanting to keep slaughter horses in excess of seven days within the state of Washington for feeding purposes may apply to the director for special horse feedlot status. No horses may be removed from the feedlot for other than slaughter purposes, except for transfer to feedlots of like status in Washington, Idaho, or Oregon. Federally approved export quarantine stations are exempt from applying for such status.



[Statutory Authority: Chapter 16.36 RCW. 83-09-009 (Order 1792), 16-54-040, filed 4/8/83; Order 1172, 16-54-040, filed 12/15/70; Order 1024, Regulation 7, filed 7/22/66, effective 8/22/66; Order 957, filed 8/31/64; Order 915, filed 4/1/63; Order 856, effective 7/19/61; Order 837, filed 4/14/61; Order 818, filed 1/20/61, Order 756, filed 3/22/60.]



AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 94-23-121, filed 11/22/94, effective 12/23/94)



WAC 16-54-071  Domestic equine. (1) Domestic equine animals shall be accompanied by an official health certificate stating that they are free from clinical symptoms of infectious and communicable disease. All equine over six months of age must have a record of a negative test for the diagnosis of equine infectious anemia made within six months prior to entry. Horses moving to Washington from Oregon ((are)) or Idaho may be excluded from test requirements when reciprocal.

(2) Breeding stallions or their semen shall be tested negative for equine viral arteritis (EVA) within ninety days of import. Positive stallions or semen may be imported with a certifying statement on the health certificate that the consignee has been advised and consents to the shipment. All positive stallions or semen entering Washington shall be moved on a permit issued by the office of the state veterinarian and may be subject to quarantine.

(3) Washington horses may reenter Washington when returning from shows, rides or other events from states that will accept travel to that state with a current "equine certificate of veterinary inspection and interstate movement permit" without additional animal health certifications. Within fourteen days of the return to Washington an "itinerary of interstate travel" must be filed with the state veterinarian's office. Likewise horses from the western state of Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, or New Mexico may enter the state of Washington for shows, rides or other events and return with documents similar to the above named documents under a state system of equine health certification acceptable to the Washington state veterinarian and the state origin by written agreement. In any case, travel under this alternative to normal thirty-day health certification will be limited to not more than ninety days duration for any one excursion and the movement permit shall expire in six months from the date of the certificate.

(((4) Equine quarantine stations. Stallions or mares imported from foreign countries listed in 92.301(c)(1) of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) may only be received at an approved equine quarantine station. No person may receive in this state any stallion or mare which is imported from a foreign country in which contagious equine metritis has been reported unless the stallion or mare is imported directly to an approved equine quarantine station in a sealed vehicle. The sealed vehicle shall have been sealed at a federal or federally approved quarantine station or port of entry by a federal or federally approved agent. The imported stallion or mare shall be accompanied by an import permit issued by the state veterinarian's office prior to the date on which the stallion or mare is brought into the state. The vehicle seal may not be removed except by an authorized employee or agent of the department of agriculture at an approved equine quarantine station. All equine animals, including test mares, which are received at an approved equine quarantine station shall be identified with an individual identification of a type approved by the state veterinarian.

(a) Quarantine release. An imported stallion or mare received at an approved equine quarantine station under subsection (4) of this section is quarantined until the quarantine is released by the director of agriculture in writing. A quarantined equine animal may not be removed from the quarantine premises or be allowed in contact with other equine animals on adjacent premises. Contact between a quarantined equine animal and a test mare is permitted, but only pursuant to a written agreement with the department under (d) of this subsection. A test mare which has been in contact with an imported stallion is quarantined until the quarantine is released by the department in writing.

(b) Approved equine quarantine station permit. No person may operate an approved equine quarantine station in Washington state without written permission from the director, Washington department of agriculture. Permits shall expire December 31 of each year. Applications for a permit shall be made in writing as required by the director. The director shall grant or deny a permit application within ninety days after the application is received provided that the application is accompanied by all requisite information and documentation. Every application shall include:

(i) The name and mailing address of the applicant and any trade name or business name to be used by the applicant;

(ii) A statement indicating whether the applicant is an individual, partnership, corporation, cooperative corporation, or other business association or entity;

(iii) The location of the equine quarantine station specified by county, town or city, road or street, and number;

(iv) The name and address of the accredited veterinarian who will perform all identification, handling, testing, and treatment of equine animals at the approved equine quarantine station under procedures or protocols established by the department; and

(v) Other information which the department may require if the information is reasonably relevant to the department's action on the permit request.

(c) Construction requirements. Approved equine quarantine stations shall be constructed and maintained to prevent contact between quarantined equine animals and any other equine animals on the premises, including test mares. An approved equine quarantine station shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary manner.

(d) Testing and treatment procedures. Before permission is granted for the operation of an approved equine quarantine station, the station operator and the accredited veterinarian designated under (b)(iv) of this subsection shall enter into a written agreement with the department establishing procedures and protocols to be followed in the identification, handling, testing, and treatment of equine animals quarantined in the station. The approved equine quarantine station shall be operated in compliance with the agreed procedures and protocols. Procedures and protocols shall be performed by the designated veterinarian except as otherwise authorized by the director.

(e) Recordkeeping. The operator of an approved equine quarantine station shall keep complete and accurate records which shall be made available for inspection and copies of which shall be supplied to the department upon request. Records shall be kept for at least two years after they are made and shall include:

(i) The identification, date of arrival, and date of removal of each imported equine animal received at the quarantine station;

(ii) The name and address of the owner of each equine animal received at the quarantine station correlated with a specific identification of the equine animal; and

(iii) A complete record of the procedures and protocols followed in conjunction with the identification, handling, testing and treatment of each imported animal.))



[Statutory Authority: Chapter 16.36 RCW. 94-23-121, 16-54-071, filed 11/22/94, effective 12/23/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and 16.36.096. 92-21-039, 16-54-071, filed 10/15/92, effective 11/15/92. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 16.44 RCW. 82-24-040 (Order 1778), 16-54-071, filed 11/24/82. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 16.40 RCW. 81-10-047 (Order 1730), 16-54-071, filed 5/1/81; Order 1540, 16-54-071, filed 10/17/77; Order 1430, 16-54-071, filed 2/9/76. Formerly WAC 16-54-070.]



AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 6009, filed 12/16/96, effective 1/16/97)



WAC 16-54-082  Domestic bovine animals. All domestic bovine animals (including bison) entering Washington shall be moved on a permit issued by the office of the state veterinarian. All domestic bovine animals (including bison) shall meet the following requirements:

(1) Tuberculosis. All beef and dairy cattle must originate from herds not under quarantine in a not less than modified accredited area. The state veterinarian may require a negative tuberculosis test within thirty days of import for cattle (including bison) from the states classified as modified accredited or accredited free if Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis) has been cultured from a herd in that state within the previous twelve months. All Mexican cattle imported from Mexico within three years of date of importation to Washington must show proof of a tuberculosis retest at least one hundred twenty days after import to the United States. Such cattle without proof of retest must be held on the premises of destination in Washington and kept separate from all other cattle for not less than one hundred twenty nor more than one hundred eighty days from the date of entry and retested for tuberculosis during the one hundred twenty to one hundred eighty-day period.

(2) Brucellosis health certificate requirements. All domestic bovine animals (including bison), except those consigned to restricted feedlots, to federally inspected slaughter plants for immediate slaughter, or beef breed cattle, slaughter only dairy breed cattle, or dairy breed cattle from Oregon, Montana, and Idaho consigned to a state-federal approved livestock market, shall be accompanied by an official interstate health certificate and shall meet the following requirements:

(a) Brucellosis test.

(i) Cattle from class free and A states.

(A) Sexually intact heifers from brucellosis quarantined herds in class free and A states shall not be imported into the state of Washington except for immediate slaughter at a federally inspected slaughter plant.

(B) Cattle other than those referred to in (a)(i)(A) of this subsection from class free or A states which are test eligible, unless destined for a restricted feedlot or for immediate slaughter at a federally inspected slaughter establishment, must be negative to an official brucellosis test conducted within thirty days prior to date of entry. Cattle not considered test eligible include:

(I) Calves under six months of age.

(II) Steers and spayed heifers.

(III) Officially vaccinated dairy cattle under twenty months of age and officially vaccinated beef cattle under twenty-four months of age.

(IV) Cattle from a certified brucellosis free herd.

(V) Cattle from selected brucellosis free states designated by the Washington state veterinarian.

(ii) Cattle from Class B or C states.

(A) Sexually intact females from other than certified brucellosis free herds in states classified B or C by the USDA shall not be imported into the state of Washington except for immediate slaughter at a federally inspected slaughter establishment.

(B) Sexually intact males from Class B states which are test eligible, unless destined for a restricted feedlot or for immediate slaughter at a federally inspected slaughter establishment, must be negative to an official brucellosis test conducted within thirty days prior to date of entry and held on the premises of destination and kept separate from all other cattle for retest not less than forty-five nor more than one hundred twenty days from the date of the preentry test. Cattle not considered test eligible include:

(I) Calves under six months of age.

(II) Steers and spayed heifers.

(III) Cattle from a certified brucellosis free herd.

(C) Sexually intact males from Class C states which are test eligible must be negative to two official brucellosis tests conducted prior to entry at least sixty days apart, the second test to be conducted within thirty days of entry. Those cattle shall be held on the premises of destination and kept separate from all other cattle for retest not less than forty-five nor more than one hundred twenty days from the date of the second negative preentry test. Cattle not considered test eligible include:

(I) Calves under six months of age.

(II) Steers and spayed heifers.

(III) Cattle from a certified brucellosis free herd.

(iii) Beef cattle eligible for brucellosis testing coming from class free or A states or dairy cattle coming from Idaho, Montana, or Oregon may be moved to state-federal approved livestock markets in Washington to meet entry health requirements.

(iv) Should brucellosis infection occur in the state of Washington as a result of importation of infected animals, all future importations from the state of origin shall be required to meet import regulations of the next lower classification. State regulatory officials of that state shall be notified and the lower classification entry requirement will be in effect for twelve months following notification to the state of origin.

(b) Brucellosis vaccinates--female dairy cattle. All female dairy cattle must be identified as official brucellosis vaccinates before entry into a dairy cow breeding herd. Except the following classes of cattle are exempt from this requirement:

(i) Calves under four months of age.

(ii) Those cattle consigned directly to a restricted feedlot.

(iii) Spayed heifers.

(c) Brucellosis vaccinates--female beef cattle. All female beef breed cattle must be identified as official brucellosis vaccinates before entry into a beef cow breeding herd, except the following classes of cattle are exempt from this requirement:

(i) Calves under four months of age.

(ii) Cattle sold or consigned to a restricted feedlot.

(iii) Spayed heifers.

(d) Cattle from a certified brucellosis free country may be imported if the state veterinarian, upon being assured that to allow such cattle to enter would not create any jeopardy to the livestock industry of the state of Washington, issues a special permit for such entry.

(3) Scabies. The office of the state veterinarian may require that any cattle from a known infected area be dipped at an official dipping facility within ten days of entry and, except those consigned to a federally inspected slaughter plant for immediate slaughter within fourteen days, be accompanied by an official interstate health certificate. Ivermectin may be used as an alternative to the dipping procedure for beef and nonlactating dairy animals.

(4) Vesicular stomatitis. The office of the state veterinarian may require that:

(a) Any cattle be accompanied by an official interstate health certificate except those consigned to a federally inspected slaughter plant for immediate slaughter within fourteen days;

(b) Dairy breed cattle be held separate and apart from all other cattle for a period of seven days at the point of destination and rechecked by an accredited veterinarian at the end of that period; except that dairy breed cattle from known infected areas shall not be allowed entry into the state; and

(c) Beef breed cattle from known infected areas be held separate and apart from all other cattle for a period of thirty days either prior to entry or at the point of destination or both.

(5) Temporary grazing permits. Herd owners desiring to move cattle into Washington for temporary grazing purposes must obtain a prior permit from the office of the state veterinarian((: Provided, That)). The state veterinarian may, if deemed necessary, require a brucellosis herd test and/or an official health certificate for any cattle entering the state for grazing purposes. Applicants must also file an approved herd plan with the office of the state veterinarian to phase out all brucellosis nonvaccinates in the herd prior to January 1, 1988. Grazing permits shall be for one specified season only and shall be valid for movement to only that destination declared on the permit. A copy of the permit shall accompany any vehicle transporting cattle into the state for such temporary grazing purposes.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36 040. 97-01-067 (Order 6009), 16-54-082, filed 12/16/96, effective 1/16/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and 16.36.096. 92-21-039, 16-54-082, filed 10/15/92, effective 11/15/92. Statutory Authority: Chapter 16.36 RCW. 89-24-021 (Order 2021), 16-54-082, filed 11/30/89, effective 12/31/89. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and 16.36.050. 88-05-003 (Order 1964), 16-54-082, filed 2/5/88; 87-08-021 (Order 1918), 16-54-082, filed 3/25/87; 84-16-022 (Order 1838), 16-54-082, filed 7/24/84. Statutory Authority: Chapter 16.36 RCW. 83-09-009 (Order 1792), 16-54-082, filed 4/8/83. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 16.44 RCW. 83-04-030 (Order 1782), 16-54-082, filed 1/27/83. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 16.40 RCW. 82-03-019 (Order 1752), 16-54-082, filed 1/14/82; 81-10-047 (Order 1730), 16-54-082, filed 5/1/81. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 16.44 RCW. 78-06-116 (Order 1579), 16-54-082, filed 6/7/78; Order 1540, 16-54-082, filed 10/17/77.]



AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 92-21-039, filed 10/15/92, effective 11/15/92)



WAC 16-54-101  Sheep. Sheep except those for immediate slaughter, shall be accompanied by a health certificate stating they are clinically free from infectious and communicable disease and in addition shall comply with the following requirements which shall be stated on the health certificate:

(1) Originate from a flock in which no scrapie has existed for ((three)) five years or is from a flock enrolled in the USDA Voluntary Scrapie Flock Certification Program.

(2) All breeding rams six months of age and over must have a negative ELISA test for brucella ovis within thirty days prior to entry into Washington and be palpated and certified free of brucella ovis or be from a brucella free flock. Each ram must be individually identified with an individual eartag or registration tattoo. This number, along with the test results and date of test, must be entered on the health certificate which must accompany the animal(s).

(3) All blackface rams imported into Washington state for the purpose of breeding must be determined by genetic testing to be QR or RR at the 171 codon.

(4) All blackface breeding rams shall be moved on a permit issued by the office of the state veterinarian.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and 16.36.096. 92-21-039, 16-54-101, filed 10/15/92, effective 11/15/92; Order 1430, 16-54-101, filed 2/9/76. Formerly WAC 16-54-100.]



AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 1918, filed 3/25/87)



WAC 16-54-120  Dogs and cats. In addition to the general provisions for the importation of livestock, the official health certificate for dogs and cats shall contain the certification:

(1) That such animals are apparently free from infectious, contagious, and communicable disease.

(2) That all dogs and cats have been vaccinated against rabies according to United States Public Health Department regulations and standards at the time of entry. Each animal must be identified by a tag number and on an official health certificate. Dogs and cats that are family pets traveling by private automobile with their owners, who possess a current valid rabies certificate for the animals, are exempted from the health certificate requirement. This exemption does not apply to dogs or cats imported for sale or puppies or kittens too young to vaccinate.

(3) That such animals do not originate from an area under quarantine for rabies. Animals originating from rabies quarantine or rabies areas must be accompanied by a permit obtained from the state department of agriculture office in Olympia, Washington previous to shipment, the terms of which must be stated on the health certificate.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and 16.36.050. 87-08-021 (Order 1918), 16-54-120, filed 3/25/87; Order 1540, 16-54-120, filed 10/17/77; Order 1172, 16-54-120, filed 12/15/70; Order 1024, Regulation 12, filed 7/22/66, effective 8/22/66; Order 957, filed 8/31/64; Order 915, filed 4/1/63; Order 856, effective 7/19/61; Order 837, filed 4/14/61; Order 818, filed 1/20/61; Order 756, filed 3/22/60.]



AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 5010, filed 9/21/93, effective 10/22/93)



WAC 16-54-135  Llamas and alpacas. All llamas and alpacas imported into Washington shall be accompanied by a health certificate stating that the animals are free from signs or exposure to infectious or contagious disease. Llamas and alpacas six months of age and over must be tested negative for brucellosis and tuberculosis not more than thirty days prior to entry. The tuberculosis test is to be performed just caudal to the elbow joint in a similar manner to the single strength single cervical test. Testing for brucellosis and tuberculosis is not required for llamas and alpacas exempted from the health certificate requirements in WAC 16-54-030 (1)(d).



[Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.096 and 16.36.040. 93-19-126 (Order 5010), 16-54-135, filed 9/21/93, effective 10/22/93; 92-21-039, 16-54-135, filed 10/15/92, effective 11/15/92.]



REPEALER



The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:



WAC 16-54-150 Penalty.

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