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47-607. Unlawful to transport uninspected animals into state; certificates of health required; rules and regulations of animal health commissioner; special quarantine. (a) It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to bring, drive or transport any cattle, calves, sheep, swine, horses, mules, goats, domesticated deer, as defined in K.S.A. 47-1001, and amendments thereto, any creature of the ratite family that is not indigenous to this state, including, but not limited to, ostriches, emus and rheas, or any other animal that may be used in the preparation of meat or meat products into the state of Kansas, without first having caused such animal or animals to be inspected and passed under certificate of health as required by the animal health commissioner of this state.

(b) All shipments and movements of livestock into the state of Kansas upon a public highway shall be accompanied by any such certificates of health or permits required by the animal health commissioner. The animal health commissioner shall prescribe, by rules and regulations, procedure whereby certificates of health and other required statements and declarations may be submitted to the commissioner at the time of shipment.

(c) The animal health commissioner is authorized to issue a special quarantine on such conditions as the commissioner deems necessary to prevent the spread of infectious and contagious diseases in the state of Kansas and on the condition that, if any such livestock upon inspection by an authorized veterinarian are found not to be free and clear of infectious and contagious diseases, such livestock shall be:

(1) Disposed of by the owner or possessor either by: (A) Sale at a public market for immediate slaughter; (B) delivery at a licensed disposal plant; or (C) return to place of origin; or

(2) held by the owner or possessor thereof under quarantine of and subject to the orders and rules and regulations of the animal health commissioner.

History: L. 1905, ch. 495, § 27; L. 1909, ch. 166, § 1; R.S. 1923, 47-607; L. 1945, ch. 229, § 1; L. 1947, ch. 301, § 1; L. 1949, ch. 294, § 1; L. 1951, ch. 315, § 1; L. 1965, ch. 332, § 1; L. 1977, ch. 304, § 19; L. 1993, ch. 143, § 10; L. 1994, ch. 79, § 3; L. 2012, ch. 140, § 32; July 1.

Source or prior law:

L. 1901, ch. 101, § 9.

Cross References to Related Sections:

Public livestock markets, see chapter 47, article 10.

Sale of diseased animals, see 65-620.

Attorney General's Opinions:

County planning and zoning; agricultural purposes; greyhound operations. 90-68.


1. Similar provisions of former act construed and applied. The State v. Railway Co., 71 Kan. 613, 615, 81 P. 212.

2. Original section 27 held valid; sufficiency of information. The State v. Asbell, 74 Kan. 397, 86 P. 457. Affirmed: Asbell v. Kansas, 209 U.S. 251, 28 S. Ct. 485, 52 L. Ed. 778.

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