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Hon. D. A. Davidson, page 2 (V-1372).
of the State have this brand recorded, with
its position designated on the animal as
the left jaw, as a holding brand.
"Since separate Acts of the Legisla-
ture have definitely set out and designated
the letter 'T', in the instance of tuber-
culin reactors, and the letter 'B' in the
instance of Brucellosis reactors, as a
distinct identification of animals found
positive reactors to either of these dis-
eases, as the case may be, the question
then arises as to whether or not individual
owners in this State have a legal priority
in recording either of these brands as hold-
ing brands, even though the said recording
was done prior to, or since the passage of
these separate Acts referred to. Can these
owners legally continue the use of either
of these brands as holding brands, even
though the Acts of the Legislature became
effective later than the original recording
in some instances?
"This matter has caused considerable
confusion in our field work, as to positive
identification of animals bearing either of
these brands, which by Legislative Act in-
dicate diseased animals."
The pertinent part of Article 1525b, Section
14, V .P.C., provides:
"All cattle that show a positive reac-
tion when tested for tuberculosis by a vet-
erinarian recognized by the Live Stock Sanitary
Commission for the performance of such testing
are hereby declared to be a public nuisance
and a menace to the health of other live stock
with consequent and serious danger to human
life and health. It shall be the duty of said
veterinarian to brand or have branded all of
said positive reactors 'T' on the left jaw with
a hot iron, which letter 'T' shall be not less
than three inches high. .. ."
Article 1525d, Section 1, V.P.C., provides:
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Texas. Attorney-General's Office. Texas Attorney General Opinion: V-1372, text, December 12, 1951; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth266190/m1/2/: accessed August 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.