Sign Posted At New Holland
This is the exact wording from one of the signs posted at a PA auction (photo below).
It sounds good, but I have yet to visit a single auction where these rules were followed.
MANAGEMENT OF THIS FACILITY SUBSCRIBES TO THE FOLLOWING PRACTICES IN THE HANDLING AND CARE OF LIVESTOCK:
1. This facility adheres to current federal, state and local laws and regulations to insure proper livestock handling.
2. Employees of this facility are experienced or trained in the proper care and handling of livestock.
3. Livestock should be delivered to their destination in the best condition possible. Livestock moving to market should be cared for properly and humanely to avoid injury and excessive stress.
4. All livestock at this facility are monitored upon arrival to determine their fitness and marketability. Management reserves the right to refuse to refuse livestock determined to be unfit or not marketable.
5. Management of this facility recommends that severely disabled livestock refused for marketing be moved quickly to a slaughter or rendering facility, or otherwise humanely euthanized.
6. Livestock received at this facility will be handled and treated in a humane manner under the supervision of a licensed market veterinarian.
7. Improper handling or inhumane treatment of livestock at this facility is prohibited and should be reported immediately to management.
8. Held-over livestock will have access to feed and water within 24 hours.
9. Should livestock become injured at this facility, they will receive appropriate treatment as prescribed by a licensed market veterinarian. Severely disabled livestock will be moved quickly and humanely to a slaughter or rendering facility, or otherwise humanely euthanized.
THE COOPERATION AND SUPPORT OF CONSIGNORS, TRUCKERS, BUYERS AND EMPLOYEES ON CARRYING OUT THESE POLICIES IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.