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VOLUME: V
CONTROL OF LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY
CHAPTER: 36:01
Part:V Exports of the Products of the Slaughtering of Livestock and the Licensing, etc.,

 

29.     Export of meat to be from export slaughter house or under permit

 

            (1) No person shall export or cause or permit to be exported from Botswana any meat or other product (excluding any hide or skin) of the slaughtering of livestock unless-

     (a)     the meat or product is derived from livestock slaughtered at an export slaughter house and the exportation takes place directly from that export slaughter house; or

     (b)     the Director of Veterinary Services has given permission in writing therefor.

            (2) No person shall carry on the business of slaughtering livestock for export otherwise than at an export slaughter house.

            (3) The President on application and at his discretion may licence any slaughter house as an export slaughter house and at his discretion at any time may revoke a licence so granted, and shall not be obliged to assign any reason for refusing to grant or revoking of any such licence.

            (4) In considering any application for the grant of a licence in terms of subsection (3), the President shall have regard inter alia to whether the slaughter house, together with any place used in connection therewith for keeping or subjecting products of the slaughtering of livestock to any treatment or process, has been constructed or adapted in conformity with the provisions of any relevant law for the time being in force in Botswana or with any conditions attached to the President's consent to construct or adapt the slaughter house given under section 31(2) and may cause the slaughter house together with any place as aforesaid to be inspected by an officer of the public service of Botswana for the purpose of ascertaining its suitability as an export slaughter house.

            (5) Any person who wilfully contravenes any of the provisions of subsection (1) or (2) shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding P1000, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or to both.

 

30.     Supplying livestock to an export slaughter house

 

            (1) No person shall supply any livestock to an export slaughter house unless-

     (a)     he is registered as an export slaughter house supplier in terms of subsection (3); and

     (b)     he has received a quota allocation from the Director of Veterinary Services authorizing him to supply livestock to the particular export slaughter house in question.

            (2) No person registered under subsection (3) shall supply any livestock to an export slaughter house otherwise than in accordance with the terms of his quota.

            (3) Any person qualified, in terms of section 20(1) or (2), to be registered as an exporter or producer, may make application to the Director of Veterinary Services to be registered as an export slaughter house supplier and the Director of Veterinary Services if satisfied as to that qualification shall register the applicant accordingly and shall issue him with a certificate to that effect.

            (4) The Director of Veterinary Services may at any time cancel the registration of an export slaughter house supplier who in his opinion is no longer qualified to be registered, and the President, by order published in the Gazette, may at any time order the cancellation of all registrations for the purpose of requiring fresh applications for registration to be made.

            (5) Any person who wilfully contravenes any of the provisions of this section shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding P100, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months, or to both.

            (6) Any person who wilfully gives or causes to be supplied to the Director of Veterinary Services any false information in connection with an application for registration as an export slaughter house supplier in terms of this section shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding P200, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to both.

                                                                                                                                  

31.     Construction of slaughter house capable of use for the export trade

 

            (1) For the purposes of this section a slaughter house which, together with any place used in connection therewith for keeping or subjecting products of the slaughtering of livestock to any treatment or process, has a total floor space exceeding 92 m2, shall be deemed to be a slaughter house capable of use for the export trade.

            (2) No person shall construct or adapt any building or premises as a slaughter house capable of use for the export trade except in accordance with the prior written consent of the President and in accordance with such terms and conditions as the President may deem fit to impose.

            (3) Where an application is made for the construction of slaughter houses-

     (a)     the President, in considering any application for the grant of his consent in terms of subsection (2) may require the applicant to produce to the President such site plans, construction plans, and specifications relating to the proposed slaughter house as he may prescribe;

     (b)     a person engaged in the construction or adaptation of a slaughter house capable of use for the export trade shall furnish the District Commissioner with not less than 24 hours' notice, in writing-

           (i)       of the date and time at which operations will be commenced; and

          (ii)       before the covering up of any drain, private sewer, concrete or other material laid over a site, foundation, or damp-proof course,

              and if such person neglects or refuses to give any such notice, he shall comply with any notice, in writing, of the President requiring him within a reasonable time to cut into, lay open or pull down so much of the slaughter house, its works or fittings as prevents the President from ascertaining whether any of the conditions attached to his consent given under subsection (2) have been observed; and

     (c)     a person engaged in the construction or adaptation of a slaughter house capable of use for the export trade shall permit any officer of the public service authorized in writing for such purpose by the President to enter upon and inspect operations at all reasonable times and to take such samples of the materials to be used in the construction or adaptation or in the installation of fittings as may be necessary in order to ascertain whether the conditions attached to the President's consent given under subsection (2) are being observed.

            (4) Any person who contravenes the provisions of subsection (2) shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding P1000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or to both.

            (5) In any prosecution under this section the onus of proving that a building or premises in course of construction or adaptation is not being constructed or adapted as a slaughter house capable of use for the export trade shall be upon the accused.