Oregon Statutes - Chapter 164 - Offenses Against Property - Section 164.863 - Unlawful transport of meat animal carcasses.

(1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, it shall be unlawful for any person to transport the carcass or a primal cut thereof of any meat animal on a public highway without having in possession a transportation certificate signed by the owner or the agent of the owner showing:

(a) The location where the carcass or primal cut was loaded and its destination;

(b) The quantity in possession and the date of acquisition of it; and

(c) Transportation or bill of sale.

(2) Subsection (1) of this section does not apply to the carcass or meat of a meat animal:

(a) That is transported by common carrier;

(b) That is marked, tagged or otherwise identified as required by ORS chapter 619;

(c) That is marked, tagged or identified as required by ORS 603.045 (2), or that is the subject of the certificate and tags described in ORS 603.045 (4); or

(d) That is marked, tagged or otherwise identified as having been previously inspected under the Federal Meat Inspection Act.

(3) As used in this section:

(a) “Common carrier” means:

(A) Any person who transports for hire or who purports to be to the public as willing to transport for hire, compensation or consideration by motor vehicle, persons or property, or both, for those who may choose to employ the person; or

(B) Any person who leases, rents or otherwise provides a motor vehicle for the use of others and who in connection therewith in the regular course of business provides, procures or arranges for, directly, indirectly or by course of dealing, a driver or operator therefor.

(b) “Federal Meat Inspection Act” means the Act so entitled approved March 4, 1907, (34 Stat. 1260), as amended by the Wholesome Meat Act (81 Stat. 584).

(c) “Meat animal” means any live cattle, equines, sheep, goats or swine.

(d) “Meat” or “meat product” means any edible muscle, except any muscle found in the lips, snout or ears of meat animals, which is skeletal or found in the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus, with or without any accompanying and overlying fat, and any portion of bone, skin, sinew, nerve or blood vessels normally accompanying the muscle tissue and not separated from it in the process of dressing or as otherwise prescribed by the Department of Agriculture.

(4) Unlawfully transporting the carcass or primal cut of a meat animal is a Class C misdemeanor.

(5) For the purpose of this section “primal cut” of cattle and equines means round, loin, flank, rib, chuck, brisket, plate or shank; of pork means ham, loin, side, spareribs, shoulder or jowl; of sheep and goats means rib or rack, loin, leg or shoulder. [1975 c.201 §2]

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