(1) “Department” means the department of agriculture of the state of Washington.
(2) “Director” means the director of the department or his or her duly appointed representative.
(3) “Humane method” means either: (a) A method whereby the animal is rendered insensible to pain by
mechanical, electrical, chemical, or other means that is rapid and effective, before
being shackled, hoisted, thrown, cast, or cut; or (b) a method in accordance with
the ritual requirements of any religious faith whereby the animal suffers loss of
consciousness by anemia of the brain caused by the simultaneous and instantaneous
severance of the carotid arteries with a sharp instrument.
(4) “Livestock” means cattle, calves, sheep, swine, horses, mules, and goats.
(5) “Packer” means any person engaged in the business of slaughtering livestock.
(6) “Person” means a natural person, individual, firm, partnership, corporation, company, society,
and association and every officer, agent, or employee, thereof. This term shall import either the singular or plural, as the case may be.
(7) “Slaughterer” means any person engaged in the commercial or custom slaughtering of livestock,
including custom farm slaughterers.
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