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107th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                 S. 267

 To amend the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921, to make it unlawful 
for any stockyard owner, market agency, or dealer to transfer or market 
            nonambulatory livestock, and for other purposes.


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                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                            February 6, 2001

 Mr. Akaka (for himself, Mr. Reid, Mr. Levin, Mr. Schumer, Mr. Graham, 
Mr. Gregg, Mr. Torricelli,  Mrs. Boxer, and Mr. Smith of New Hampshire) 
introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the 
           Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

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                                 A BILL


 
 To amend the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921, to make it unlawful 
for any stockyard owner, market agency, or dealer to transfer or market 
            nonambulatory livestock, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Downed Animal Protection Act''.

SEC. 2. UNLAWFUL STOCKYARD PRACTICES INVOLVING NONAMBULATORY LIVESTOCK.

    (a) In General.--Title III of the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921, 
is amended by inserting after section 317 (7 U.S.C. 217a) the 
following:

``SEC. 318. UNLAWFUL STOCKYARD PRACTICES INVOLVING NONAMBULATORY 
              LIVESTOCK.

    ``(a) Definitions.--In this section:
            ``(1) Humanely euthanized.--The term `humanely euthanized' 
        means to kill an animal by mechanical, chemical, or other means 
        that immediately render the animal unconscious, with this state 
        remaining until the animal's death.
            ``(2) Nonambulatory livestock.--The term `nonambulatory 
        livestock' means any livestock that is unable to stand and walk 
        unassisted.
    ``(b) Unlawful Practices.--It shall be unlawful for any stockyard 
owner, market agency, or dealer to buy, sell, give, receive, transfer, 
market, hold, or drag any nonambulatory livestock unless the 
nonambulatory livestock has been humanely euthanized.''.
    (b) Effective Date.--
            (1) In general.--The amendment made by subsection (a) takes 
        effect 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act.
            (2) Regulations.--Not later than 1 year after the date of 
        enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Agriculture shall issue 
        regulations to carry out the amendment.
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