11.1. The Minister may, where the Minister has reasonable cause to believe that there is a chemical, physical or biological agent present which may constitute a health risk for animals or for persons who are in contact with them or consume them or their products, order the owner or custodian of the animals, or if necessary, all the owners or custodians situated in the sector determined by the Minister, to segregate the animals, subject to the conditions fixed by the Minister, until the results of the analyses of the samples taken are known.
If the analyses confirm the Minister’s fears or the Minister is of the opinion, on the basis of an epidemiological study, that such an agent is present, the Minister may, in an emergency or in the public interest, order the owner or custodian of the animals, or as the case may be, all the owners or custodians situated in the sector determined by the Minister regardless of whether or not an order has been issued in their respect under the first paragraph, to segregate, treat, mark, immunize the animals, destroy them or dispose of them and dispose of their carcasses within the time and subject to the conditions specified by the Minister.
The Minister may also order measures to be taken to reduce the health risk for the animals or for persons who come in contact with them or consume them or their products. He may also prohibit keeping the animals for sale purposes, offering them for sale or deposit, or selling, exchanging, donating or transporting them or their products.
The order referred to in any provision of this section shall contain a statement of the Minister’s reasons and refer to any minutes, analysis, study or other technical report that he has taken into consideration.
A certified copy of the order shall be notified to each owner or custodian of animals. The order takes effect on the date of its notification.
The owner or custodian of an animal to whom an order is notified without prior notice because, in the opinion of the Minister, urgent action is required or there is a danger of irreparable damage being caused, may, within the time specified in the order, present observations so that the order may be reviewed by the Minister.
1991, c. 61, s. 9; 1997, c. 43, s. 498; 2000, c. 40, s. 12; I.N. 2016-01-01 (NCCP).