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Minnesota Bill Aims to Curtail Spread of Infectious Diseases by Prohibiting White Tail Deer Farming Registrations

Minnesota Senate File 4135 would prohibit the issuance of new registrations for farmed white tail deer starting July 1, 2022 as a response to cases of chronic wasting disease and widespread Covid-19 in deer. The bill has been referred to the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development Finance and Policy. 

Kansas Bill Would Impose Civil Penalties on Illegal Animal Imports

Kansas House Bill 2723 would authorize the animal health commissioner to assess a civil penalty against individuals who fail to comply with animal import and permitting requirements. The bill has been referred to the House Agriculture Committee.

Rhode Island Bill Would Authorize Program for Prevention of Zoonotic Diseases

Rhode Island House Bill 7785 would authorize the Director of the Department of Environmental Management to establish inspection, testing, and quarantine protocols to prevent the spread of zoonotic diseases. The bill has been referred to the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

Kansas Bill Would Establish Division of Pet Animal Facilities Inspection

Kansas Senate Bill 551 would establish a division of pet animal facilities inspection within the Kansas Department of Agriculture for purposes of mitigating “the spread of contagious or infectious disease among animals … within facilities regulated by the Kansas pet animal act.” The bill, which does not apply to cattle, horses, pigs, goats, ratites, domesticated deer, or domestic fowl, has been referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Bill Aims to Curtail Commercial Trade in Live Wildlife

Senate Bill 4074, the “Preventing Future Pandemics Act of 2022,” would establish a Global Health Security Zoonoses Program with other countries that are committed to ending wildlife markets and the commercial trade in live wildlife for human consumption. The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

Federal Bill Would Allocate Funding to Help Stop Chronic Wasting Disease

Senate Bill 4111, the "Chronic Wasting Disease Research and Management Act of 2022," would allocate funds for chronic wasting disease (CWD) research and state management programs. CWD is a highly transmissible spongiform encephalopathy affecting deer. The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

USDA Announces Bovine Animals from Sonora, Mexico May be Imported without Brucellosis Testing

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is advising the public of its decision to classify the State of Sonora, Mexico as Level I for brucellosis, meaning that the region’s prevalence of the bacterial infection in its domestic bovine herd has been less than .001 percent over the past twenty-four consecutive months and bovine animals now may be imported without testing. Imports under the Level I classification may be authorized beginning March 7, 2022.


Bill Would Revise Dog Importation Standards

House Bill 4239, the Healthy Dog Importation Act, would amend the Animal Health Protection Act to clarify standards for the importation and transfer of live dogs into the United States. The bill would require that a dog be in “good health,” “has received all necessary vaccinations and demonstrated negative test results,” and “officially be identified by a permanent method” (such as a microchip). A certificate “issued by a licensed veterinarian accredited by a competent veterinary authority recognized by the Secretary” would suffice as evidence of the required vaccinations and test results. The bill would provide exemptions to these requirements for dogs imported for research purposes or veterinary treatment.

Minnesota Bill Would Reimburse Deer Farmers Who Lost Revenue Due to Emergency Movement Restrictions in 2021

Minnesota Senate File 3854 would establish a one-time appropriation for owners of farmed white-tail deer who lost revenue in 2021 due to emergency movement bans imposed to mitigate the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD). CWD is a fatal and highly contagious neurodegenerative disease affecting cervids which is categorized as a “prion disease” alongside bovine spongiform encephalopathy (colloquially known as “mad cow disease”) and scrapie. The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development Finance and Policy.

New York Bill Aims to Aid in Curtailing the Spread of Antibiotic Resistant Diseases

New York Senate Bill 8847 would establish an office of antibiotic resistance control, in recognition of the serious public health threats identified by the World Health Organization relating to the spread of antibiotic-resistant infections in animals and humans. The bill has been referred to the Senate Health Committee.