City of Trenton, NJ
Mercer County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Trenton 9-7-1967 as § 9-11 of the Revised General Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Offal collection — See Ch. 248, Art. III.
Zoning and land development — See Ch. 315.

§ 237-1 Finding of fact.

The following matters are hereby found on facts:
There exist certain laws of the State of New Jersey and regulations promulgated under the authority of those laws relative to the slaughter of animals for food.
In general, these laws and regulations are adequate to protect the health and safety of the people of the City of Trenton; however, due to shortages of state inspectors and other state personnel, these laws and regulations are not being adequately enforced.

§ 237-2 Slaughter of animals regulated.

No person shall slaughter animals for food within the City except at a slaughterhouse licensed under this chapter and in conformity with the provisions of this chapter.

§ 237-3 License and payment of fee required.

No person shall operate an establishment at which animals are killed or the carcasses of animals processed for use as food, commonly known as a slaughterhouse, without having first obtained a license and paid the required license fee.

§ 237-4 Application.

Application for a license shall be made to the Division of Health upon forms to be supplied by it. The applicant shall provide all information which the Division of Health may reasonably require.

§ 237-5 Inspection.

Prior to the issuance of any license, the premises at which the licensed activity is to be conducted shall be inspected by the Chief Veterinarian, who shall make an inspection within a reasonable time after the filing of the application and shall report his/her findings, in writing, to the Division of Health. No license shall be issued unless the Chief Veterinarian finds that the premises are in a clean and sanitary condition and conform to all applicable state laws and regulations.

§ 237-6 License fees.

The fees for a slaughterhouse license shall be:
Slaughterhouses processing not more than 1,000 animals per year: $50.
Slaughterhouses processing more than 1,000, but less than 5,000 animals per year: $300.
Slaughterhouses processing more than 5,000 animals per year: $600.
A license shall not be transferred to another person or premises.

§ 237-7 Operation in conformity with law required.

All slaughterhouses licensed under this article shall be operated in strict conformity with all applicable state laws and regulations. Failure to so operate shall be grounds for suspension or revocation of a license.

§ 237-7.1 Hours of operation.

[Added 4-6-2006 by Ord. No. 06-031; amended 12-20-2007 by Ord. No. 07-82]
No slaughterhouse located in a residential zone shall slaughter animals other than between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Monday through Friday limitation shall not apply on the holidays of Yom Kippur, Eid and Ramadan.

§ 237-7.2 Delivery truck waiting time.

[Added 4-6-2006 by Ord. No. 06-031; amended 12-20-2007 by Ord. No. 07-82]
In residential zones, trucks delivering animals for slaughter must complete each delivery within 45 minutes of arrival.

§ 237-7.3 Prohibited discharge of waste.

[Added 4-6-2006 by Ord. No. 06-031; amended 12-20-2007 by Ord. No. 07-82]
As set forth in § 309-28, no slaughterhouse shall discharge any prohibited materials, including, but not necessarily limited to, whole blood, hair and fleshings, or entrails into any storm sewer or sanitary sewer.

§ 237-7.4 Noise.

[Added 4-6-2006 by Ord. No. 06-031]
In addition to the criteria set forth in Chapter 167,[1] no slaughterhouse located in a residential zone shall permit any noise to occur that is likely to annoy, disturb, injure or endanger the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of others. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, noise that is clearly audible at a distance of 50 feet from the building.
Editor's Note: Chapter 167, Noise.

§ 237-8 Killing of underage animals prohibited.

No calf less than four weeks old, no pig less than five weeks old, and no lamb less than eight weeks old shall be killed for human food within the City.

§ 237-9 Quarantining of animals.

It shall be the duty of every inspector or other officer of the Division of Health, when any cattle, pigs or lambs shall be found in a diseased, overheated, feverish or exhausted condition, or when any calves, pigs or lambs shall be found within the ages respectively named in § 237-8, which animals are intended to be used for human food, to immediately attach to any such diseased, overheated, feverish, exhausted or underaged animal, or to the pen or stall in which it may be confined, a label or tag on which shall be written or printed the words "Quarantined by the Division of Health, Trenton, New Jersey." The inspector or other officer shall immediately report such quarantine to the Division.
No person other than an inspector or other officer of the Division of Health shall destroy, deface, conceal, interfere with or remove any label or tag so attached to any animal, stall or pen. No person shall remove any quarantined animal or kill any such animal, except in the presence of an inspector of the Division of Health, or use the same for human food or sell any such animal without the permission of the Division. No persons shall interfere with, hinder or prevent any inspector or other officer of the Division of Health in performing the duties imposed by this chapter.

§ 237-10 Violations and penalties.

Violations of the provisions of this chapter shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, Article III, General Penalty.