DATCP: Hearings set on animal health rule changes

Contact: Donna Gilson 608-224-5130 donna.gilson@wi.gov

Jim Dick, Communications Director, 608-224-5020 james.dick@wi.gov

MADISON – Proposed changes to some animal health and humane officer regulations will be the topic of four public hearings in December, State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Ehlenfeldt announced.

The proposed changes are to regulations affecting animal disease control in livestock, including farm-raised deer and fish; animal truckers, dealers and markets; and humane officer training and certification. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection periodically revisits regulations to update them.

A summary of the proposed changes is available online at datcp.wisconsin.gov.

The hearing schedule is:

* Wausau — Monday, Dec. 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wausau/Marathon County Public Library, Wausau Room, 300 N. First St.

* Eau Claire — Monday, Dec. 12, 6-8 p.m., Chippewa Valley Technical College, Room 112, 620 W. Clairemont Ave.

* Appleton — Tuesday, Dec. 13, 3-5 p.m., Fox Valley Technical College, DJ Bordini Center, Room 112A, 5 Systems Drive

* Madison — Wednesday, Dec. 14, 3-5 p.m., State Agriculture Building, Room 106, 2811 Agriculture Drive

Comments will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3. They can be submitted by email to DATCPHearingCommentsAH@wi.gov or by mail to Melissa Mace, DATCP-DAH, P.O. Box 8911, Madison, WI 53708-8911.

Some of the proposed changes streamline movement requirements for farm-raised fish and reduce testing requirements for some farm-raised deer. Under the changes, more stringent requirements would be imposed for passing the humane officer exam, and for humane officers who let their certification expire.