2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 943. Crimes against property.
943.76 Infecting animals with a contagious disease.

943.76

943.76 Infecting animals with a contagious disease.

943.76(1)

(1) In this section:

943.76(1)(a)

(a) "Livestock" means cattle, horses, swine, sheep, goats, farm-raised deer, as defined in s. 95.001 (1) (ag), poultry, and other animals used or to be used in the production of food, fiber, or other commercial products.

943.76(1)(b)

(b) "Paratuberculosis" has the meaning given in s. 95.001 (1) (c).

943.76(1)(c)

(c) "Reckless conduct" means conduct that creates a substantial risk of an animal's death or a substantial risk of bodily harm to an animal if the actor is aware of that risk.

943.76(2)

(2)

943.76(2)(a)

(a) Whoever intentionally introduces a contagious or infectious disease into livestock without the consent of the owner of the livestock is guilty of a Class F felony.

943.76(2)(b)

(b) Whoever intentionally introduces a contagious or infectious disease into wild deer without the consent of the department of natural resources is guilty of a Class F felony.

943.76(3)

(3)

943.76(3)(a)

(a) Whoever, through reckless conduct, introduces a contagious or infectious disease other than paratuberculosis into livestock without the consent of the owner of the livestock is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.

943.76(3)(b)

(b) Whoever, through reckless conduct, introduces a contagious or infectious disease other than paratuberculosis into wild deer without the consent of the department of natural resources is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.

943.76(3)(c)

(c) This subsection does not apply if the actor's conduct is undertaken pursuant to a directive issued by the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection or an agreement between the actor and the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection, if the purpose of the directive or the agreement is to prevent or control the spread of the disease.

943.76(4)

(4)

943.76(4)(a)

(a) Whoever intentionally threatens to introduce a contagious or infectious disease into livestock located in this state without the consent of the owner of the livestock is guilty of a Class H felony if one of the following applies:

943.76(4)(a)1.

1. The owner of the livestock is aware of the threat and reasonably believes that the actor will attempt to carry out the threat.

943.76(4)(a)2.

2. The owner of the livestock is unaware of the threat, but if the owner were apprised of the threat, it would be reasonable for the owner to believe that the actor would attempt to carry out the threat.

943.76(4)(b)

(b) Whoever intentionally threatens to introduce a contagious or infectious disease into wild deer located in this state without the consent of the department of natural resources is guilty of a Class H felony if one of the following applies:

943.76(4)(b)1.

1. The department of natural resources is aware of the threat and reasonably believes that the actor will attempt to carry out the threat.

943.76(4)(b)2.

2. The department of natural resources is unaware of the threat, but if the department were apprised of the threat, it would be reasonable for the department to believe that the actor would attempt to carry out the threat.

943.76 - ANNOT.

History: 2001 a. 16, 109; 2003 a. 321.

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