FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEB. 8, 2008
David McLeod, assistant commissioner
(919) 733-7125, ext. 238
Board of Agriculture to consider proposed animal
euthanasia rules Feb. 13 in Raleigh
RALEIGH – The N.C. Board of Agriculture will consider proposed rules governing euthanasia at animal shelters when it meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the Martin Building at the State Fairgrounds.
Veterinarians at the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services spent more than a year developing the rules, which are designed to ensure that animals are euthanized as humanely as possible. The rules would set standards for equipment and training that shelters must meet if they euthanize animals.
The department developed two versions of the rules, and the public had the opportunity to comment on both of them last year. The board will not hold a public hearing on the rules at this meeting.
The board could vote on either version of the rules, or on a combination of the two versions. It is also possible that the board will not take any action on the rules at this meeting.
The Board of Agriculture is a policy-making body that adopts regulations for many of the programs administered by the NCDA&CS. Its 10 members are appointed by the governor. The commissioner of agriculture serves as chairman of the board.