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WITH RESPECT TO SLAUGHTER HOUSES

In the Urban Sanitary District of Rishton

Interpretation of Terms.

1. Throughout these bye-laws the expression "The Sanitary Authority" means the Local Board for the district of Rishton, in the County of Lancaster, acting as the Urban Sanitary Authority; and the expression "The District" means the Local Government District of Rishton.

For the licensing, registering, & inspection of slaughter houses, for preventing cruelly therein, for keeping the same in a cleanly and proper slate, for removing filth at least once in every 24 hours, and requiring such slaughter-houses to be provided with a sufficient supply of water.

2. Every person who shall apply to the Sanitary Authority for a licence for the erection of any premises to be used and occupied as a slaughter-house shall furnish in the form hereunto appended a true statement of the particulars therein required to be specified.

FORM OF APPLICATION

FOR

A LICENCE

To erect premises for use and occupy as a Slaughter house.

To the Sanitary Authority for the District of RISHTON.

I,                                             , of

do hereby apply to you for a licence, in pursuance of the statutory provisions in that behalf, for the erection of certain premises to be used and occupied as a slaughter-house; and I do hereby declare that to the best of my knowledge and belief the Schedule hereunto annexed contains a true statement of the several particulars therein set forth with respect to the said premises.

SCHEDULE.

1. Boundaries, area, and description of the proposed site of the premises to be erected for use and occupation as a slaughter-house

2. Description of the premises to be erected on such site:

(a) Nature, position, form, superficial area and cubical contents of the several buildings therein comprised.

(b) Extent of paved area in such buildings and materials to be employed in the paving of such area.

(c) Mode of construction of the internal surface of the walls of such buildings, and materials to be employed in such construction.

(d). Means of water supply,— position, form, materials, mode of construction and capacity of the several cisterns, tanks, or other receptacles for water to be constructed for permanent use in or upon the premises.

(e) Means of drainage,—position, size, materials, and mode of construction of the several drains.

(f) Means of lighting and ventilation.

(g) Means of access for cattle from the nearest street or public thoroughfare.

(h) Number, position, and dimensions of the several stalls, pens, or lairs to be, provided on the premises.

(i) Number of animals for which accommodation will be provided in such stalls, pens, or lairs, distinguishing

1. Oxen.

2. Calves.

3. Sheep or Lambs.

4. Swine.

Witness my hand this day of 18

(Signature of Applicant)

(Address of Applicant.)

3. Every person who shall apply to the Sanitary Authority or a licence for the use and occupation of any premises as a slaughter house shall furnish in the form hereunto appended a true statement of the particulars therein required to be specified.

FORM OF APPLICATION

FOR

A LICENCE

For the use and occupation of premises as a Slaughter-house.

To the Sanitary Authority for the District of RISHTON.

I,                                                 ,of

do hereby apply to you for a licence, in pursuance of the statutory provisions in that behalf, for the use and occupation as a slaughter-house of the premises hereinafter described; and I do hereby declare that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, the Schedule hereunto annexed contains a true statement of the several particulars therein set forth with respect to the said premises.

SCHEDULE

1. Situation and boundaries of the premises to be used and occupied as a slaughter-house.

2. Christian name, Surname, and address of the owner of the premises.

3. Nature and conditions of applicant’s tenure of the premises:

(a) For what term, and whether by lease or otherwise.

(b) Whether applicant is sole owner, lessee, or tenant’s; or whether applicant is jointly interested with any other person or persons, and if so, with whom. ,

4. Description of the premises.

(a) Nature, position, form, superficial area, and cubical contents of the several buildings therein comprised.

(b) Extent of paved area in such buildings, and materials employed in the paving of such area.

(c) Mode of construction of the internal of the wails of such buildings, and materials employed in such construction.

(d) Means of water supply — position, form, materials, mode of construction and capacity of the several cisterns, tanks, or receptacles for water, constructed for permanent use in or upon the premises.

(e) Means of drainage,—position, size, materials, and mode of construction of the several drains.

(f) Means of lighting and ventilation.

(g) Means of access for cattle from the nearest street or public thoroughfare.

(h) Number, position, and dimensions of the several stalls, pens, or lairs provided on the premises.

(i) Number of animals for which accommodation will be provided in such stalls, pens, or lairs distinguishing—

1. Oxen.

2. Calves.

3. Sheep or Lambs.

4. Swine.

Witness my hand this day of 18

(Signature of Applicant)

(Address of Applicant)

4. Every person to whom the Sanitary Authority may haste resolved that a licence be granted to erect premises for use and occupation as a s1aughter shall be entitled to receive from the Sanitary Authority a licence in the form hereunto appended or to the like effect.

FORM OF LICENCE.

To erect Premises for use and occupation as a Slaughter-house

No. of Licence _______

Reference to _________

Folio in Register

District of

Whereas application has been made to us, the Sanitary Authority for the

District of             , by                                     , of

for licence to erect on a site within the said district certain premises for use and occupation as a slaughter-house:

Now we, the said Sanitary Authority, in pursuance of the powers conferred upon us by the statutory provisions in that behalf, do hereby license the said

of

to erect for use and occupation as a slaughter-house upon the site defined or described in the Schedule hereunto annexed the premises whereof the description is set forth in the said Schedule.

SCHEDULE.

Boundaries, area and description of the proposed site of the premises to be erected for use and occupation as a slaughter-house.

Description of the Premises to be erected for use and occupation as a s1aughter house.

Given under the Common Seal of the Sanitary Authority for the District of Rishton, this day of , in the year One Thousand Eight Hundred and

Clerk to the Sanitary Authority.

5. Every person to whom the Sanitary Authority may have resolved that a licence be granted for the use and occupation of any premises as a slaughter shall be entitled to receive from the Sanitary Authority a licence in the form hereunto appended, or to the like effect.

FORM OF LICENCE

For the use and occupation of premises as a Slaughter-house.

No of Licence ____

Reference to Folio in Register _________

District of Rishton

Whereas application has been made to us, the Sanitary Authority for the District of Rishton,         by ,                         of

for a licence for the use and occupation of certain premises, as a slaughter-house.

Now we, the said Sanitary Authority, in pursuance of the powers conferred upon us by the statutory provisions in that behalf, do hereby licence the said , of

to use and occupy as a slaughter-house the premises whereof the situation and description are set forth in the Schedule hereunto annexed.

SCHEDULE.

Situation of the premises to be used and occupied as a slaughter-house.

Description of the premises to be used and occupied as a slaughter-house.

Given under the Common Seal of the Sanitary Authority for the District of Rishton, this day of                             , in the year One Thousand Eight Hundred and

Clerk to the Sanitary Authority.

REGISTRATION OF SLAUGHTER-HOUSES.

6. Every person who may have obtained from the Sanitary Authority, in accordance with the provisions of the bye-law in that behalf, a licence to erect any premises for use and occupation as a slaughter-house, or a licence for the use and occupation of any premises as a slaughter-house, shall register such premise at the office of the Sanitary Authority.

He shall, for such purpose, apply, by notice in writing addressed to the clerk to the Sanitary Authority, to register such premises; and thereupon it shall be the duty of the clerk to the Sanitary Authority, within a reasonable time after the receipt of such notice in writing, to enter in a book to be provided by the Sanitary Authority in the form hereunto appended the particulars therein required to be specified.

FORM OF REGISTER OF SLAUGHTER

District of Rishton

Folio

Date of Registration

Date of Licence

No. of Licence

Christian Name, Surname,

and Address of Owner or

Proprietor of Slaughter house.

Christian Name, Surname, and Address of occupier of Slaughter house

Situation of Slaughter House.

Number of Animals For which Accommodation Is provided on the Premises

             

INSPECTION OF SLAUGHTER-HOUSES.

7. Every occupier of a slaughter-house shall, at all reasonable times, afford free access to every part of the premises, to the Medical Officer of Health, the inspector of Nuisances, or the Surveyor of the Sanitary Authority, or to any Committee specially appointed by the Sanitary Authority in that behalf, for the purpose of inspecting such premises.

PREVENTION OF CRUELTY THEREIN.

8. Every occupier of a slaughter-house shall cause every animal brought to such slaughter-house for the purpose of being slaughtered, and confined in any pound, stall, pen, or lair upon the premises previously to being slaughtered, to be provided during such confinement with a sufficient quantity of wholesome water.

9. Every occupier of a slaughter-house and every servant of such occupier and every other person employed upon the premises in the slaughtering of cattie, shall, before proceeding to slaughter any bull, ox, cow, heifer, or steer, cause the head of such animal to be securely fastened so as to enable such animal to be felled with as little pain or suffering as practicable, and shall, in the process of slaughtering any animal, use such instruments and appliances and adopt such method of slaughtering and otherwise take such precautions as may be requisite to secure the infliction of as little pain or suffering as practicable.

FOR KEEPING SAME IN A CLEANLY AND PROPER STATE.

10. Every occupier of a slaughter-house shall cause the’ means of ventilation provided in or in connexion with such slaughter- house to be kept at all times in proper order and efficient action, and so that the ventilation shall be by direct communication with the external air.

11. Every occupier of a slaughter shall cause the drainage provided in or in connexion with such slaughter-house to be kept at all times in proper order and efficient action.

12. Every occupier of a slaughter-house shall cause every part of the internal surface of the wails and every part of the floor or pavement of such slaughter-house to be kept at all times in good order and repair, so as to prevent the absorption therein of any blood or liquid refuse or filth which may be spilled or splashed thereon, or any offensive or noxious matter which may be de posited thereon or brought in contact therewith.

He shall cause every part of the internal surface above the floor or pavement of such slaughter-house to be thoroughly washed with hot lime wash at least four times in every year; that is to say, at least once during the periods between the 1st and 10th of March, the 1st and 10th of June, the 1st and 10th of September, and the 1st and 10th of December respectively.

He shall cause every part of the floor or pavement of such slaughter-house, and every part of the internal surface of every wall on which any blood or liquid refuse or filth may have been spilled or splashed, or with which any offensive or noxious matter may have been brought in contact during the process of slaughtering or dressing in such slaughter-house, to be thoroughly washed and cleansed within three hours after the completion of such slaughtering or dressing.

13. An occupier of a slaughter-house shall not at any time keep any dog, or cause or suffer any dog to be kept in such slaughter- house.

He shall not at any time keep, or cause or suffer to be kept in such slaughter-house any animal of which the flesh may be used for the food of man, unless such animal be so kept in preparation for the slaughtering thereof upon the premises.

He shall not at any time keep any cattle, or cause or suffer any cattle to be kept in such slaughter-house for a longer period than may be necessary for the purpose of preparing such cattle, whether by fasting or otherwise, for the process of slaughtering.

If at any time he keep, or suffer to be kept in such slaughter house any cattle for the purpose of preparation, whether by fasting or otherwise, for the process of slaughtering, he shall not cause or suffer such cattle to be confined elsewhere than in the pounds, stalls, pens, or lairs provided on the premises.

REMOVAL OF FILTH.

14. Every occupier of a slaughter-house shall cause the hide or skin, fat, and offal of every animal slaughtered on the premises to be removed therefrom within twenty-four hours after the completion of the slaughtering of such animal.

PROVISION OF SUFFICIENT SUPPLY OF WATER.

15. Every occupier of a slaughter-house shall cause the means of water supply provided in or in connexion with such slaughter house to be kept, at all time, in proper order and efficient action, and shall provide for use on the premises a sufficient supply of water for the purpose of thoroughly washing and cleansing the floor or pavement, every part of the internal surface of every wall of such slaughter-house, and every vessel or receptacle which may be used for the collection and removal from such slaughter house of any blood, manure, garbage, filth, or other refuse products of the slaughtering of any cattle or the dressing of any carcase on the premises.

REMOVAL OF FILTH.

16 Every occupier of a slaughter-house shall provide a sufficient number of vessels or receptacles, properly constructed of galvanised iron or other non-absorbent material, and furnished with closely fitting covers, for the purpose of receiving and conveying from such slaughter-house all blood, manure, garbage, filth, or other refuse products of the slaughtering of any cattle or the dressing of any carcase on the premises.

He shall forthwith upon the completion of the slaughtering of any cattle, or the dressing of any carcase in such slaughter-house cause such blood, manure, garbage, filth or other refuse products to be collected and deposited in such vessels or receptacles, and shall cause all the contents of such vessels or receptacles to be removed from the premises at least once in every twenty-four hours.

He shall cause every such vessel or receptacle to be thoroughly cleansed immediately after such vessel or receptacle shall have been used for such collection and removal; and shall cause every such vessel or receptacle, when not in actual use, to be kept thoroughly clean.

17. Every person who shall offend against any of the foregoing bye-laws for the registering and inspecting of slaughter-houses, for preventing cruelty therein, for keeping the same in a cleanly and proper state, for removing filth at least once in every twenty- four hours, and for requiring such slaughter-houses to be provided with a sufficient supply of water, shall be liable for every such offence to a penalty of 5, and in the case of a continuing nuisance to a penalty of 10s. for every day during which such nuisance shall be continued after the conviction for the first offence:

Provided nevertheless that the justices or court before whom any complaint may be made or any proceedings may be taken in respect of any such offence may, if they think fit, adjudge the payment as a penalty of any sum less than the full amount of the penalty imposed by this law.


Passed under the Common Seal of the Local Board of the District of Rishton, in the County of Lancaster, acting as the Urban Sanitary Authority, at a Meeting of the, Local Board held on the Nineteenth day of December, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighty-three.

JASPER I. HELM, Clerk

JAMES HANSON, Chairman.

Allowed by The Local Government Board; this Thirteenth day of June, 1884.

CHARLES W. DILKE, President.

HUGH OWEN, Secretary.


LOCAL BOARD FOR THE DISTRICT OF RISHTON

APPENDIX "A,"—SLAUGHTER HOUSES.

Sections of the Town’s Improvement Clauses Act, 1867, incorporated with the Local Government Act, 1858, by the 45th Section.

Section 125.—The Commissioners (Local Board) may license such slaughter-houses and knackers yard, as they from time to time think proper, for slaughtering cattle within the limits of the Special Act.

126.—No place shall be used or occupied as a slaughter-house or knackers’ yards, within the said limits which was not in such use and occupation, at the time of the passing of the Special Act, and has so continued ever since, unless and until a license for the erection thereof, as a slaughter-house and knackers’ yard, has been obtained from the Commissioners, (Local Board,) and every person who without having first obtained such license as aforesaid, uses as a slaughter or knackers’ yard any place with the said limits, not used as such at the passing of the special act, and so continued to be used ever since, shall for each offence be liable to a penalty not exceeding five pounds, and a like penalty for every day after the conviction for such offence, upon which the said offence is continued.

127.—Every place within the limits of the special Act, which shall be used as a slaughter-house or knackers’ yard shall within three months after the passing of such Act, be registered by the owner or occupier thereof, at the office of the Commissioners, ( Local Board,) and on the application of the Commissioners, (Local Board,) for that purpose, the Commissioners, (Local Board,) shall cause every such slaughter-house or knackers’ yard to be registered in a book, to be kept by them for that purpose; and every person who after the expiration of the said three months, and after one weeks’ notice of this provision from the Commissioners, (Local Board,) uses or suffers to be used, any such place as a slaughter- house or knackers yard without its being so registered, shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding five pounds for such offence, and a penalty not exceeding ten shillings for every day after the first day during which such place shall be used as a slaughter house or knackers’ yard, without having been so registered.

128.—The Commissioners (Local Board) shall from time to time, by Bye-Laws to be made and confirmed in the manner hereinafter provided, make regulations for the licensing, registering, and inspecting of the said slaughter-houses and knackers’ yards, and preventing cruelty therein, and for keeping the same in a cleanly and proper state, and for removing filth at least once in every twenty-four hours, and requiring them to be provided with a sufficient supply of water, and they may impose pecuniary penalties on persons breaking such Bye-Laws, provided that no such penalty exceed for any one offence the sum of five pounds, and in the case of a continuing nuisance, the sum of ten shillings for every day during which such nuisance shall be continued, after the conviction for the first offence.

129. – The justices, before whom any person is convicted of killing or dressing any cattle, contrary to the provisions of this or the special Act, or of the non-observance of any of the Bye Laws or Regulations, made by virtue of this or the special Act in addition, imposed on such person. under the authority of this or the special Act, may suspend for any period not exceeding two months the license granted to such person, under this or the special Act, or in case such person be the owner or proprietor of any registered slaughter-house or knackers’ yard, may forbid for any period not exceeding two months the slaughtering of cattle therein, and such justices upon conviction of any person for a second or other subsequent like offence, may in addition to the penalty imposed under the authority of this or the special Act, declare the license granted under this or the special Act revoked, or if such person be the owner or proprietor of any registered slaughter house, may forbid absolutely the slaughtering of cattle therein; and whenever the license of any such person is revoked as afore said, or whenever the slaughtering of cattle in any registered slaughter or knackers’ yard is absolutely forbidden, as afore said, the Commissioners (Local Board) may refuse to grant any license whatever, to the person whose license has been so revoked, or on account of whose default the slaughtering of cattle in any registered slaughter-house has been forbidden.

130— Every person who during the period for which any such license is suspended, or after the same is revoked as aforesaid, slaughters cattle in the slaughter-house or knackers’ yard to which such license relates, or otherwise uses such slaughter-house or knackers’ yard, or allows the same to be used as a slaughter-house or knackers’ yard; and every person who during the period that the slaughtering of cattle in any such registered slaughter-house or knackers’ yard is forbidden, as aforesaid, or after such slaughtering has been absolutely forbidden therein, slaughters any cattle in any such registered slaughter-house, shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding five pounds for such offence, and a further penalty of five pounds for every day on which any such offence is, committed, after conviction for the first offence.

131.—The Inspector of Nuisances, the Officer of Health, or any other officer appointed by the Commissioners (Local Board,) for that purpose, may at all reasonable times, with, or without assistance, enter into and inspect any building or place whatsoever within the said limits, kept or used for the sale of butchers’ meat, or for slaughtering cattle, and examine whether any cattle, or the carcase of any such cattle is deposited there, and in case such officer shall find any cattle, or the carcase, or part of a carcase of any beast which appears unfit for the food of man, he may seize and carry the same before a justice, and such justice shall forthwith order the same to be further inspected and examined by competent persons, and in case upon such inspection and examination such cattle, carcase, or part of a carcase be found to be unfit for the food of man, such justice shall order the same to be immediately destroyed, or otherwise disposed of in such way as to prevent the same being exposed for sale, or used for the food of man, and such justice may adjudge the person to whom such cattle, carcase, or part of a carcase belongs, or in whose custody the same is found, to pay a penalty not exceeding ten pounds for every such animal, or carcase, or part of a carcase so found; and the owner or occupier of any building or place, kept or used for the sale of butchers’ meat, or for slaughtering cattle, and every other person who obstructs or hinders such Inspector, or other officer, from entering into and inspecting the same, and, examining, seizing, or carrying away any such animal or carcase, or part of a carcase, so appearing to be unfit for the food of man, shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding five pounds for each offence.