1. These By-laws may be cited at the Town Council of Taveta (Slaughter house and Butchers) By-laws, 2008
In these By-laws unless the context otherwise requires:-
(a) Slaughter house – means and includes all buildings, spaces and lair ages provided by the council for the purpose of slaughtering animals and the apparent operations.
(b) Fees and Charges – shall be those latest gazetted at any point of time by the council.
(c) Beast – means a bull, bullock, ox, cow, heifer steers or calf;
(d) Animal – means any best or other animal the flesh of which is intended for human consumption;
(e) Town Clerk – means the person holding the office of the clerk for the time being, his deputy or any office of the council authorized by him for the purposes of these By-laws.
(f) Superintendent – means any person appointed by the council to superintend and be in general charge of the slaughter house and its operations;
(g) Meat inspector – means any person authorized by the council to carry out the duties of a meat inspection, or any authorized government officer and shall include council or government medical officer of health operating in the council area;
(h) Slaughterer – means any person employed in a slaughterhouse for the purpose of killing, dressing and preparing any meat for sale for human consumption.
(i) Butcher – means any person handling any meat or meat product in any butcher’s shop.
(j) Hide – means the skin of a bovine animal
(k) Skin – means the skins of a sheep or a goat;
(l) Council – means the Town Council of Taveta and includes the area within the Ton Council of Taveta boundaries;
(m) Permit - may be referred to as license, fee or charge or a council receipt issued for a particular period.
3. A person not being an officer or official of the council shall not enter or remain in the slaughterhouse except for the purpose of slaughtering or supplying food and water to any animals therein or of preparing any carcasses for sale or otherwise for some lawful purpose connected with the slaughterhouse.
4. No animal shall be slaughtered for meat within the council except at the councils slaughterhouse, and except within prescribed hours, unless in the emergency and with the consent of the clerk.
5. No dead poultry shall be sold or offered or exposed for sale in or kept in any shop, restaurant, eating house, tearoom, market or hotel, within the council unless such poultry has been killed and prepared at the council slaughterhouse or with the written permission of the clerk, at such other place and in accordance with such terms and conditions as may be prescribed in such written permission.
Conduct of Town Council on Slaughter
6. Every person using the slaughterhouse shall obey and confirm to al reasonable order given to him by the superintendent.
7. A person shall not bring into the slaughterhouse a dog or any animal which is not intended for human consumption.
8. A person shall not bring into the slaughterhouse the carcass or any animal already dead or slaughtered except with the consent of the superintendent or officer in charge and such carcass shall be subject to the provisions of the slaughtered in the slaughterhouse.
9. Every person bringing into the slaughter house any animal which is or suspected of being diseased shall take the same to the lair or lairs set apart from the reception of such animals, and indicated by a notice affixed or set up and contained in a conspicuous position near such lair or lairs, and shall immediately inform the superintendent of his having done so.
10. In the case of any animal in slaughterhouse is found, or suspected, to have been that of a deceased animal, it shall be taken to the place set apart for the reception of the carcass of deceased animals under the supervision of the superintendent.
11. Every person who shall bring or cause to be brought into the slaughterhouse any beast, sheep, lamp or goat shall cause the same to be properly penned in a lair assigned for the purpose.
12. Every person using any lair in the slaughterhouse shall provide the same with proper and sufficient feeding and shall remove and renew such bedding from time to time as often as may be necessary.
13. Every person being the owner or person for the time being in charge of any animal brought into the slaughter house shall not cause such animal to be without food for more than 24 hours or without a sufficient of wholesome water.
14. A person being the owner or a person in charge of any animal brought to the slaughterhouse for the purpose of being slaughtered and which may require to be supplied with food and water on a public holiday or Sunday shall supply any such animal or cause it to be supplied with a sufficient quantity of food and water between the hours of six, seven and eight o'clock in the evening of such Sundays or public holidays.
15. A person shall without satisfactory reason cause any animal which have been brought into the slaughter house for the purpose of being slaughtered to be taken out alive.
16. A person shall slaughter any animal brought into the slaughterhouse in such a situation as will not interfere with slaughtering of any other animal.
17. A person shall not slaughter or attempt to slaughter any animal in any part of the slaughterhouse except in such part as shall be from time to time assigned by the council for the slaughter of animals of the same class or kind and indicate by a notice affixed or set up and contained in a conspicuous position near to such part.
18. Every person who shall be about to slaughter or assist in the slaughter of an animal in the slaughterhouse shall cause the head of such animal to be securely fastened so as to enable such animal to be slaughtered with little pain or suffering as practicable, and shall in the process of slaughtering use such internets and appliance and adopt such methods of slaughtering and otherwise take such precautions as may be requisite to secure the infliction of as little pain or suffering as practicable.
19. Every person who shall slaughter or cause to be slaughtered any animal in the slaughter house shall cause the hide or skin and fat of such animal to be removed from any part of such animal as soon as possible after the completion of the slaughterer of such animal and from he slaughter house within three hours after the inspection of he carcass of such animal.
20. Every person who shall use any water tap in the slaughterhouse shall cause the same to be properly turned off immediately after he shall have finished using such tap.
21. A person shall not use any article provided by the council for use in connection with the slaughtering or dressing of animals in the slaughter house except for he purpose for which they are intended to be used or use the same for an undue length of time so as to hinder any other person from use thereof in due order.
22. A person shall not remove from the slaughterhouse any utensils, articles, gear or apparatus provided by the council for use therein except with prior consent of the clerk.
23. a person shall not obstruct or hinder any other person in the proper use of the slaughter house or of any utensils, articles, gear or apparatus provided by the council for use therein.
24. A person shall not by any disorder or improper conduct disturb or interrupt any other person in the proper use of the slaughter house or of any utensils, articles, gear or apparatus provided by the council for use therein.
25. A person shall not in the slaughterhouse use any indecent or obscene language or enter or remain there in at a state of intoxication.
26. A person shall not spit or smoke tobacco or other like substance in any part of the slaughterhouse in which a notice is placed prohibiting the same.
27. A person shall not willfully soil or defile any part of the slaughter house. Provided always that this by-law shall not apply so as to prevent any person making proper use of any sanitary convenience or urinal proved by the council.
28. A person shall not except in the case of illness bring any malt or spirituous liquors into the slaughterhouse.
29. A person shall not in the slaughter house proceeds to slaughter any animal until the same shall have been effectively stunned. Provided that this By-laws shall not be deemed to apply to the Jewish or Mohammedan method of slaughtering if no unnecessary is inflicted.
30. No animal shall be slaughtered or stunned in the council slaughtered by any person who is not the holder of a permit granted by the council or who is not the holder of a permit granted by the council or who is employed by the council. The council shall satisfy itself that applicant is fit and proper person to hold such permit.
31. A person shall not in the slaughterhouse slaughter or cause to be slaughtered any animal, or cause its carcass in the view of another animal.
32. Any person using the slaughterhouse shall not cause or allow any blood or other refuse to flow such slaughterhouse so as to be within the sight or smell of any animal in the slaughterhouse and he shall not cause or allow any such blood or other refuse to be deposited in the wiring pens or lairs.
33. The council shall have the power to determine the hour within which animals may be brought to the slaughterhouse, the hours during which the animals may be slaughtered, the hours for inspection or carcasses and the hours within which meat may be removed from the slaughterhouse, and no animals may be brought, slaughtered, inspected or removed except within the hours so determined.
34. No carcass and no portion of any carcass shall be removed from the slaughterhouse until it has been inspected by the meat inspector and properly stamped by him with the duly authenticated stamps as to its fitness for human consumption, if it is unfit for human consumption an order made for its disposal.
35. A person suffering from an infectious or contagious or venereal disease shall not enter the slaughterhouse.
36. The council may employ competent slaughterers for slaughtering of animals at the slaughterhouse and may make a charge for the service of such slaughterhouse.
37. The charges to be paid for the use of the council slaughterhouse, hide and skin Banda, lairs, and of all necessary equipments and for services of Town Council slaughterhouses and for cleansing of hides and skins, etc shall be as set out in the latest council gazetted fees and charges list.
38. Any person who shall be in possession of the carcass of any animal within the town council area, unless otherwise authorized by the clerk, forthwith skin such carcass and deliver the hide or skin thereof to an officer in charge of the council’s slaughterhouse.
Hides and Skin
39. The owner of a hide or skin which has been delivered to an officer in charge of the council slaughterhouse shall upon being requested so to do by him forthwith remove the same for the town council slaughterhouse, and if such owner shall fail to remove such hide and skin within tend days after such request has been made to him, it shall be sold and the proceeds of the sale shall, after deducting any fees which are due to the council such as for curing or any others be paid to the said owner.
40. Carcass of animals or meat intended for human consumption shall not be conveyed in the Town Council otherwise than in a clean covered cart or vehicle of a design approved by the Town Council. The owner of any carcass or meat conveyed in contravention of this By-laws shall be guilty of an offence.
41. No butcher or vendor of meat shall employ a person suffering from an infectious or venereal disease to convey meat.
42. Save when engaged in the loading or unloading of any cart or vehicle used for the conveyance of carcass of meat as aforesaid no person shall sit or otherwise be in any such cart or vehicle in such position as to come into contact with any carcass or meat therein.
43. N person shall carry any carcass or meat intended for human consumption into, or serve in, any butchers shop, stall, meat or slaughterhouse unless he is clothed in a clean white tunic or suit reaching from the neck to at least the knee.
44. No butcher or vendor of meat shall employ any person to convey any carcass or meat intended for human consumption to or from any butchers shop unless such person during such employment is clothed in a clean white tunic or suit reaching from neck to at least the knee.
45. No animal shall be slaughtered for meat within the Town Council land no poultry shall be killed in or at any shop restaurant, eating house, tea room, or hotel or any other place within the council area, except at the town council slaughterhouse or with the written permission of the clerk, as such other place and in accordance with such terms and conditions as may be prescribed in such written permission.
46. No carcass of any animal slaughtered outside the town council area shall be brought into the town council area for human consumption, accept with the written permission of the clerk.
47. Any carcass brought into the Town Council area with such permission shall be taken to the slaughterhouse at such time as may be notified for the inspection of meat and shall not be exposed for sale until a certificate of its fitness of human consumption ahs been issued or the meat stamped with the official stamp. For the purpose of these By-laws the whole carcass including all organs and viscera must be produced for inspection.
48. No person shall carry on the business of a butcher or vendor of meat without first having obtained a permit license form the Town Council authorizing him to do.
49. No person shall sell, or expose for sale or deposit for the purpose of sale or for preparation of sale in or upon premises within the council including a street or other place of public resort, any meat whether derived from an animal slaughtered at the town council slaughterhouse or else where unless and until such meat shall have been inspected by a meat inspector and passed by him as fit for human consumption.
50. No person shall use for the purpose of human habitation any room or shop where any meat intended for sale is kept.
51. No person to whom a permit or license has been issued under the provisions of these By-laws shall carry on the trade of business of a butcher or vender of meat in any place other than a public market, provided, however that notwithstanding the provisions of these By-laws the council may permit or license private premises which have been recommended by the medical officer of health to be safe for the sale of meat.
52. No person shall be employed as a butcher attendant in butcher’s shop unless he holds such license. Such license shall be produced on demand for inspection by any office of he Town Council so nominated by the town clerk.
53. The council may suspend the operation of any such permit or license at any time for such period as it may determine and if considered necessary the council shall revoke such permit or license.
54. The fee payable for such permit or license shall be as prescribed in the council’s latest gazetted fees and charges list.
55. No person suffering from any infectious or contagious or venereal disease shall be employed or engaged in any shop r stall of butcher or vendor of meat.
56. Every person employed or engaged in selling meat shall be clean in clothing and in person and shall be clothed in a white long-sleeved khaki garment or suit extending from the neck to at least the knee, such clothing to be cleaned each morning or each shift as the case may be before commencing work.
57. All private premises for which applications are made for butcher’s shop first have to meet the required standards and the required council fee paid before the issuance of the permit.
58. All butchers’ shops, stalls shall be thoroughly washed and cleaned at least once in every 24 hours and shall be provided with running water, both hot and cool.
59. No person shall use any wrappings for meat intended for human consumption unless such wrappings are clean and free from contamination.
60. All meat products exposed for sale in any butcher’s shop shall be protected against contamination from flies.
61. The occupier of every butcher’s shop shall provide:-
(a) Brushes, clothes, soap, soda and bucket of cleansing the shop
(b) Nail brushes, soap and towel for the use of his employee.
(c) Clean clothing in accordance with By-laws 56 above.
62. Any person who obstructs any council official on his/her official duties shall be guilty of an offence.
63. Any person who is guilty of an offence under the provisions of these By-laws shall be liable:-
(a) In the case of a first conviction for such offence, to a fine not less than two thousand Kenya shillings or imprisonment for a term not less than six months, or to both such fine and imprisonment, or
(b) In the case of a second or subsequent conviction for such an offence, to a fine not less than, three thousand Kenya shillings, or imprisonment for a term not less than, nine months or both such fine and imprisonment.