Interstate/International Quarantine Order
[32 Pa.B. 438]
Whereas, chronic wasting disease (CWD) is an infectious disease of cervids (animals such as elk, whitetail deer, mule deer, fallow deer, reindeer, red deer, etc. . .);
Whereas, CWD was designated a ''Dangerous Transmissible Disease'' of animals by order of the Secretary of Agriculture under the provisions of the Domestic Animal Law (3 Pa.C.S. §§ 2301--2389), at 3 Pa.C.S. § 2321(d);
Whereas, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (''PDA'') has broad authority under the Domestic Animal Law to regulate the keeping and handling of domestic animals in order to exclude, contain or eliminate dangerous transmissible diseases;
Whereas, CWD is of particular concern to the captive/farmed cervid industry, in that presence of CWD infection in a herd may result in the destruction of the entire herd and may severely limit the market for Pennsylvania product;
Whereas, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is deeply concerned about the impact of the disease on native cervid populations, should the disease enter Pennsylvania;
Whereas, the Commonwealth has, to date, remained free of CWD;
Whereas, the Domestic Animal Law allows (at 3 Pa.C.S. § 2329(c)) for the establishment of an Interstate/International Quarantine under the circumstances described above;
Now, therefore, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, pursuant to the authority granted it under the Domestic Animal Law and § 1702 of the Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. § 442), orders the establishment of an interstate/international quarantine with respect to the shipment of captive cervids into the Commonwealth. The quarantine restrictions are as follows:
1. A captive cervid shall only be allowed into the Commonwealth under either of the following circumstances:
a. The captive cervid originates from a farm/herd of origin in a state/province in which CWD is not known to exist, and the animal has not resided at any time in a state in which CWD is known to exist.
b. The captive cervid originates from a farm/herd of origin that has been enrolled in a state-approved CWD monitoring program for at least 5 years.
2. Cervids from herds that are known to have been infected with CWD within the last five years may not be imported into the Commonwealth.
3. Cervids imported into the Commonwealth shall meet all other import requirements and shall be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection issued by an accredited veterinarian. The following statement shall be typed/written on the certificate of veterinary inspection:The above animals have either: a) never resided in a state in which chronic wasting disease has been diagnosed or b) originate from a herd that has been enrolled in a chronic wasting disease monitoring program for five years.
4. Cervids imported into the Commonwealth shall be individually identified as to the herd of origin by legible tattoo, ear tag or other method approved by PDA.
5. This Order shall not be construed as limiting PDA's authority to establish additional quarantine or testing requirements on imported cervids.
6. This Order is effective January 19, 2002.
SAMUEL E. HAYES, Jr.,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 02-141. Filed for public inspection January 25, 2002, 9:00 a.m.]
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