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Wild Animals (Hunting with Dogs) Bill
 
 

 
 
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Make provision for the protection of wild mammals from being hunted by the use of dogs; and for connected purposes.

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-
 

 
Prohibition of hunting, &c.
Prohibition of hunting, &c.     1. - (1) A person commits an offence if he intentionally hunts a wild mammal with a dog.
 
      (2) An owner or occupier of land commits an offence if he knowingly permits another person to enter or use that land to hunt in contravention of subsection (1).
 
      (3) The owner or keeper of a dog commits an offence if he knowingly permits another person to use the dog to hunt in contravention of subsection (1).
 
      (4) It is an offence to own or keep two or more dogs with the intention of their being used to hunt in contravention of subsection (1).
 
      (5) In this Act a reference to hunting a wild mammal includes a reference to searching for or coursing a wild mammal.
 
 
Exceptions from the prohibition of hunting
Rabbits and rodents.     2. A person does not commit an offence under section 1(1) if he hunts rabbits or rodents-
 
 
    (a) on land which he owns or occupies, or
 
    (b) partly on land which he owns or occupies and partly on neighbouring land, or
 
    (c) at the request of the owner or occupier of the land where the hunting takes place.
Stalking, and flushing from cover.     3. - (1) A person does not commit an offence under section 1(1) if he uses a dog to stalk a wild mammal, or to flush it from cover, for the purpose-
 
 
    (a) of obtaining food for human consumption, or
 
    (b) of controlling the number of a particular species in a particular area, in order to safeguard the welfare of that species in that area, or
 
    (c) of protecting sheep or other livestock, fowl or game birds from attack by wild mammals.
      (2) Subsection (1) applies to a person only if he takes reasonable steps to ensure that the wild mammal is shot as soon as possible after it is located or emerges from cover.
 
      (3) In this section "cover" does not include cover below ground level.
 
Retrieval of game.     4. - (1) A person does not commit an offence under section 1(1) if he uses a dog to retrieve game which has been shot.
 
      (2) In this section "game" means hares and rabbits.
 
Escaped animals.     5. - (1) A person does not commit an offence under section 1(1) if he uses a dog to hunt an animal which has escaped from captivity.
 
      (2) Subsection (1) applies to a person only if he takes reasonable steps to ensure that the animal is recaptured or shot once it has been located.
 
      (3) Subsection (1) does not apply to the hunting of foxes or hares.
 
      (4) Subsection (1) does not apply to the hunting of any deer, boar or mink, unless it has escaped from a zoo or farm.
 
 
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