Amendments proposed to the Animal Welfare Bill - continued House of Commons

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Norman Baker
Greg Mulholland


Clause     54,     page     28,     line     41,     leave out subsections (6) and (7).


Bill Wiggin


Clause     55,     page     29,     line     6,     after 'orders', insert ', codes'.


Bill Wiggin


Clause     55,     page     29,     line     8,     after '11', insert ', or codes made under 13,'.


Shona McIsaac


Clause     55,     page     29,     line     8,     after '11', insert 'or [Non-domestic animals in circuses],'.


Bill Wiggin


Clause     55,     page     29,     line     8,     leave out subsection (2) and insert—

    '(2)   All—

(a) regulations,

(b) licensing and registration regimes, and

(c) codes of practice,

made under this Act shall only be made after the Secretary of State has presented them in the form of a draft statutory instrument which has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.'.


Bill Wiggin
Mr David Drew


Clause     56,     page     29,     line     32,     at end insert '"sale" includes hire, barter and exchange, and related expressions shall be construed accordingly.'.


Paddy Tipping


Clause     56,     page     29,     line     32,     at end insert—

'"suffering" is not confined to physical suffering;'.


Bill Wiggin


Clause     56,     page     29,     line     40,     leave out from 'dwelling' to end of line 42 and insert 'are to a part which is wholly or mainly occupied as a private dwelling.'.


Norman Baker
Greg Mulholland


Clause     56,     page     29,     line     41,     leave out 'yard, garden'.


Bill Wiggin


Clause     56,     page     29,     line     42,     at end insert 'except insofar as any yard or outhouse may contain an animal to which section 17(1) may refer.'.


Bill Wiggin


Clause     56,     page     30,     line     21,     at end add—

    '(7)   Any power conferred by this Act (or by an order of a court under this Act) to destroy an animal is a power to destroy the animal in an appropriate and humane manner.'.


Bill Wiggin


Clause     57,     page     30,     line     28,     at end insert—

    '(3)   The appropriate national authority shall make available to local authorities adequate monies to cover the costs of their obligations outlined in sections 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26 and 45.'.


Mr Ben Bradshaw


Schedule     3,     page     39,     line     28,     at beginning insert—

'(1) Section 2 of the Pet Animals Act 1951 (pets not to be sold in streets etc.) ceases to have effect.'.


Mr Ben Bradshaw


Schedule     3,     page     39,     line     28,     leave out 'the Pet Animals Act 1951' and insert 'that Act'.


Bill Wiggin
Mr David Drew


Schedule     3,     page     42,     line     9,     at end insert—

'Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999 (c. 11)

13A  In section 8 of the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999 (Sale of dogs)—

(a)   in subsection (1)(c), for "to the keeper of a licensed pet shop" substitute "at a licensed breeding establishment";

(b)   in subsection (2)(c), for "to the keeper of a licensed pet shop" substitute "at a licensed breeding establishment or a licensed Scottish rearing establishment".'.


Bill Wiggin


Clause     59,     page     30,     line     32,     after 'repealed', insert 'or revoked'.


Bill Wiggin


Schedule     4,     page     42,     line     27,     at end insert—

'(1) Enactments'.


Mr Ben Bradshaw


Schedule     4,     page     43,     line     2,     column (2), leave out '"docking"' and insert '"nicking"'.


Mr Ben Bradshaw


Schedule     4,     page     43,     line     4,     column (2), leave out 'Section' and insert 'Sections 2 and'.


Mr Philip Hollobone


Schedule     4,     page     43,     line     15,     at end insert—

'Animal Boarding
Establishments Act 1963
(c. 43)
Section 5(1)(a).'.

Bill Wiggin


Schedule     4,     page     43,     line     37,     at end add—

'(2) Instruments

Title and NumberExtent of revocation
Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995 (S.I. 1995/731)In paragraph 11 of Schedule 3, the words from ", except that" to "hindquarters".

In paragraph 8(c) of Schedule 4, the words "except in accordance with paragraph 11 of Schedule 3,".'.


Mr Ben Bradshaw


Clause     60,     page     30,     line     35,     leave out subsection (1).


Norman Baker
Greg Mulholland


Clause     62,     page     32,     line     5,     after 'appoint', insert 'within 3 years following the passage of this Act'.


Norman Baker
Greg Mulholland


Clause     62,     page     32,     line     8,     at end insert 'within 3 years following the passage of this Act'.


Prohibition on keeping certain animals


Norman Baker
Greg Mulholland
Mr David Drew


To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   The appropriate national authority may by regulations prohibit the keeping at—

(a) domestic premises, or

(b) other premises,

of primates.

    (2)   For the purposes of subsection (1) "other premises" means premises of such other type as are prescribed.

    (3)   Any regulation made under subsection (1) must be for the purposes of securing the welfare of primates.

    (4)   Regulations made under subsection (1) may include, in particular—

(a) provision for the enforcement, other than by way of proceedings for an offence, of the regulations;

(b) provision—

(i) that breach of any part of the regulations is an offence, and

(ii) for penalties as respects the offence;

(c) provision for and in connection with post-conviction orders in relation to an offence under the regulations;

(d) provision conferring on persons of a specified description powers of entry, search, inspection and seizure in connection with breaches (and suspected breaches) of provisions of the regulations;

(e) provision—

(i) that obstructing a person in the exercise of a power conferred by the regulations is an offence, and

(ii) for penalties as respects the offence;

(f) provision (whether or not subject to specified conditions) for exemptions from, or qualification to, an offence under the regulations.

    (5)   Before making regulations under subsection (1), the appropriate national authority must consult—

(a) such persons appearing to them to represent relevant interests, and

(b) such other persons as they consider appropriate.'.

Pet fairs


Norman Baker
Greg Mulholland


To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   A person commits an offence if he sells an animal in the course of or in connection with a pet fair.

    (2)   A person commits an offence if he arranges an animal fair or knowingly participates in making, or carrying out, arrangements for a pet fair.

    (3)   In this section, "pet fair" means an event—

(a) which is open to the public (whether on payment or otherwise),

(b) at which animals are sold (or which is held with a view to the sale of animals) as pets, and

(c) where any such sale is made (or is to be made) in the course of a business.

    (4)   Where a business consists wholly or mainly of the keeping or selling of animals, an event held in the ordinary course of that business at premises ordinarily occupied for the purposes of that business shall not constitute a pet fair.

    (5)   For the purposes of this section—

(a) "selling" an animal includes—

(i) offering or exposing it for sale,

(ii) exchanging it, or offering or exposing it for exchange, and

(iii) transferring, or agreeing to transfer, ownership of it in consideration of entry by the transferee into another transaction;

(b) the sale of an animal "as a pet" includes its sale for private captivity or private husbandry, but does not include its sale for any purpose relating to agriculture.'.

Statutory improvement notices


Bill Wiggin


To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   Prior to any prosecutions taking place under section 8, the appropriate authority shall issue a person violating section 8 with a Statutory Improvement Notice which shall state the reasons for the issuing of such a notice and suggestions on how to fulfil the requirements of the notice.

    (2)   The Statutory Improvement Notice issued under subsection (1) shall require the person to which it is issued to make appropriate changes to ensure the welfare of animals which are in their care.

    (3)   Under subsection (1), the "appropriate authority" includes—

(a) local authorities,

(b) the police,

(c) the State Veterinary Service, and

(d) the courts.

    (4)   Under subsection (1), the "appropriate authority" does not include—

(a) private individuals,

(b) government agencies (except the State Veterinary Service),

(c) non-governmental organisations, and

(d) registered charities.

    (5)   Statutory improvement notices issued under subsection (1) can only be valid for a term not exceeding 51 weeks after the date of issue.

    (6)   Having issued a statutory improvement notice to a person under subsection (1), the appropriate authority under subsection (3) must offer that person reasonable help in meeting the requirements of that notice.

    (7)   Nothing in this section prejudices persons or organisations not mentioned in subsection (3) from offering advice to others regarding animal welfare.

    (8)   Persons issued with a statutory improvement notice under subsection (1) will have 28 days to accept the notice or risk being prosecuted.'.

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