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35.82 RENDERING PLANT PERMITS; DISPOSITION OF CARCASSES.
    Subdivision 1. Permit required. No person may engage in the business of rendering all or
parts of animals, poultry, or fish, including scraps and grease, without first obtaining a permit from
the board in accordance with the rules adopted by the board relative to transportation, rendering,
and other provisions the board considers necessary to prevent the spread of disease.
    Subd. 1a.[Repealed, 1974 c 159 s 5]
    Subd. 1b. Carcasses for pet or mink food. (a) The board, through its executive director, may
issue a permit to the owner or operator of a pet food processing establishment, a mink rancher,
or a supplier of an establishment, located within the boundaries of Minnesota, to transport the
carcasses of domestic animals that have died or have been killed, other than by being slaughtered
for human or animal consumption, over the public highways to the establishment for pet food
or mink food purposes only. The owners and operators of pet food processing establishments or
their suppliers and mink ranch operators located in any adjacent state with which a reciprocal
agreement is in effect under subdivision 3 are not required to possess a permit issued under this
subdivision. The permit is valid for one year following the date of issue unless it is revoked.
(b) The owner or operator of a pet food processing plant or mink ranch shall employ an
official veterinarian. A veterinarian named in the permit application who is accepted by the board
to act as the official veterinarian is authorized to act as its representative.
(c) Carcasses collected by owners or operators under permit may be used for pet food or
mink food purposes if the official veterinarian examines them and finds them suitable for pet
food or mink food purposes.
(d) Carcasses not passed by the official veterinarian for pet food or mink food purposes must
be disposed of by a rendering plant operating under permit from the board.
(e) The board must require pet food processing establishments, owners and operators of
mink ranches, and suppliers of these establishments to conform to rules of the board applicable
to rendering plants within the state.
    Subd. 2. Disposition of carcasses. (a) Except as provided in subdivision 1b and paragraph
(d), every person owning or controlling any domestic animal that has died or been killed otherwise
than by being slaughtered for human or animal consumption, shall as soon as reasonably possible
bury the carcass at a depth adequate to prevent scavenging by other animals in the ground or
thoroughly burn it or dispose of it by another method approved by the board as being effective
for the protection of public health and the control of livestock diseases. The board, through its
executive director, may issue permits to owners of rendering plants located in Minnesota which
are operated and conducted as required by law, to transport carcasses of domestic animals and
fowl that have died, or have been killed otherwise than by being slaughtered for human or animal
consumption, over the public highways to their plants for rendering purposes in accordance
with the rules adopted by the board relative to transportation, rendering, and other provisions
the board considers necessary to prevent the spread of disease. The board may issue permits to
owners of rendering plants located in an adjacent state with which a reciprocal agreement is in
effect under subdivision 3.
(b) Carcasses collected by rendering plants under permit may be used for pet food or mink
food if the owner or operator meets the requirements of subdivision 1b.
(c) An authorized employee or agent of the board may enter private or public property and
inspect the carcass of any domestic animal that has died or has been killed other than by being
slaughtered for human or animal consumption. Failure to dispose of the carcass of any domestic
animal within the period specified by this subdivision is a public nuisance. The board may petition
the district court of the county in which a carcass is located for a writ requiring the abatement
of the public nuisance. A civil action commenced under this paragraph does not preclude a
criminal prosecution under this section. No person may sell, offer to sell, give away, or convey
along a public road or on land the person does not own, the carcass of a domestic animal when
the animal died or was killed other than by being slaughtered for human or animal consumption
unless it is done with a special permit pursuant to this section. The carcass or parts of a domestic
animal that has died or has been killed other than by being slaughtered for human or animal
consumption may be transported along a public road for a medical or scientific purpose if the
carcass is enclosed in a leakproof container to prevent spillage or the dripping of liquid waste.
The board may adopt rules relative to the transportation of the carcass of any domestic animal for
a medical or scientific purpose. A carcass on a public thoroughfare may be transported for burial
or other disposition in accordance with this section.
No person who owns or controls diseased animals shall negligently or willfully permit them
to escape from that control or to run at large.
(d) A sheep producer may compost sheep carcasses owned by the producer on the producer's
land without a permit and is exempt from compost facility specifications contained in rules of
the board.
(e) The board shall develop best management practices for dead animal disposal and the
Pollution Control Agency feedlot program shall distribute them to livestock producers in the state.
    Subd. 3. Reciprocity. The executive director of the board may enter into a reciprocal
agreement on behalf of this state with an adjacent state which provides for permits to be issued to
rendering plants, pet food processing establishments or suppliers of establishments, and mink
ranch operators located in either state to transport carcasses to their plants, establishments, or
ranches over the public highways of this state and the reciprocating state.
This subdivision applies if the adjacent state has in effect standards and requirements which
are the equivalent of the standards and requirements of this state as established by the board.
    Subd. 4. Domestic animals. The term "domestic animal" as used in this section does not
include any species of domestic animal which in common practice is maintained in the home of the
owner whether or not the particular domestic animal was so housed at any time prior to its death.
Nothing in this section limits the authority of local governmental units to regulate the disposition
of carcasses of domestic animals excluded from the provisions of this section by this subdivision.
History: (10273) RL s 5011; 1921 c 486 s 1; 1927 c 218; 1939 c 104; 1949 c 484 s 1; 1961
c 625 s 1; 1967 c 275 s 1,2; 1967 c 305 s 1; 1969 c 32 s 1,2; 1974 c 159 s 1-4; 1980 c 467
s 27; 1985 c 265 art 1 s 1; 1986 c 444; 1988 c 485 s 6; 1991 c 37 s 1,2; 1995 c 233 art 1 s 4;
1998 c 401 s 18; 1999 c 231 s 77-79