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

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Bill Wiggin


Page     4,     line     11     [Clause     7],     at end insert ', or at an activity where there is a reasonable likelihood of such a fight taking place;

      (b) makes a recording of an animal fight;

      (c) has in his possession or distributes—

      (i) a recording of an animal fight,

      (ii) a copy of such a recording, or

      (iii) material from such a recording; or

      (d) publishes material from a recording of an animal fight.'.


Secretary Margaret Beckett


*Page     4,     line     14     [Clause     7],     at end insert—

        '"commencement date" means the date on which subsection (2A) comes into force;

        "information society services" has the meaning given in Article 2(a) of Directive 2000/31/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2000 on certain legal aspects of information society services, in particular electronic commerce in the Internal Market (Directive on electronic commerce);

        "programme service" has the same meaning as in the Communications Act 2003 (c.21);

        "video recording" means a recording, in any form, from which a moving image may by any means be reproduced and includes data stored on a computer disc or by other electronic means which is capable of conversion into a moving image.

    ( )   In this section—

      (a) references to supplying or publishing a video recording are to supplying or publishing a video recording in any manner, including, in relation to a video recording in the form of data stored electronically, by means of transmitting such data;

      (b) references to showing a video recording are to showing a moving image reproduced from a video recording by any means.'.


Bill Wiggin


Page     4,     line     14     [Clause     7],     at end insert 'and

        "recording" means a record from which visual images or sounds may, by any means, be reproduced.'.


Bill Wiggin


Page     4,     line     17     [Clause     8],     leave out 'in all the circumstances'.


Bill Wiggin


Page     4,     line     19     [Clause     8],     leave out 'to the extent required by good practice' and insert 'in an appropriate manner'.


Bill Wiggin


Page     4,     line     19     [Clause     8],     leave out 'the extent required by good practice' and insert 'an appropriate extent'.


Bill Wiggin


Page     5,     line     18     [Clause     10],     at end insert—

    '(1A)   Provisions promoting the welfare of animals under subsection (1) may only be made if the appropriate national authority is satisfied, on the basis of publicly available scientific evidence, that those provisions are in fact necessary to promote such welfare.'.


Bill Wiggin


Page     6,     line     12     [Clause     11],     at end insert—

    '(2A)   It shall be a condition of a licence being granted that a person prove their competence in a manner to be laid down by the appropriate national authority in order to carry on an activity to which subsection (1) applies.'.


Secretary Margaret Beckett


*Page     8,     line     9     [Clause     14],     leave out from 'force' to end of line 10 and insert 'in accordance with its provisions.'.


Secretary Margaret Beckett


*Page     8,     line     11     [Clause     14],     leave out 'An order under subsection (3)' and insert 'A code (or revised code)'.


Bill Wiggin


Page     9,     line     4     [Clause     16],     at end insert—

    '(7A)   An inspector or constable acting under subsection (6) must seek the advice and certificate of a veterinary surgeon as soon as is practicable so to do.'.


Secretary Margaret Beckett


*Page     9,     line     17     [Clause     16],     at end insert—

    '( )   If a person exercises a power under this section otherwise than with the knowledge of a person who is responsible for the animal concerned, he must, as soon as reasonably practicable after exercising the power, take such steps as are reasonable in the circumstances to bring the exercise of the power to the notice of such a person.'.


Bill Wiggin


Page     10,     line     17     [Clause     18],     leave out subsection (4) and insert—

    '(4)   A court may not make an order under subsection (1) unless it has given the owner of the animal an opportunity to be heard, and—

      (a) the prosecutor certifies that no prosecution is intended to be commenced, which certification shall be binding in respect of each animal the subject of the application, or

      (b) it is satisfied to the criminal standard of proof that it is not reasonably practicable to communicate with the owner.'.


Bill Wiggin


Page     10,     line     30     [Clause     18],     leave out subsection (6) and insert—

    '(6)   The appropriate national authority shall issue guidance about the exercise by a court of powers under subsection (1).

    (7)   In determining how to exercise its powers under this section, the court shall have primary regard to the welfare of the animal.'.


Bill Wiggin


Page     10,     line     38     [Clause     18],     at end insert—

    '(9)   The Legal Aid Act 1988 shall have effect in relation to an application under this section as if those proceedings had been included in the definition of criminal proceedings under the Access to Justice Act 1999.'.


Secretary Margaret Beckett


*Page     10,     line     41     [Clause     19],     leave out from 'that' to 'an' in line 42 and insert 'it is one in relation to which'.


Secretary Margaret Beckett


*Page     10,     line     42     [Clause     19],     after '7' insert '(1) or (2)'.


Secretary Margaret Beckett


*Page     10,     line     42     [Clause     19],     at end insert 'has been committed'.


Secretary Margaret Beckett


*Page     11,     line     15     [Clause     19],     leave out from 'animal' to 'an' in line 16 and insert 'in relation to which'.


Secretary Margaret Beckett


*Page     11,     line     16     [Clause     19],     after '7' insert 'has been committed'.


Secretary Margaret Beckett


*Page     11,     line     16     [Clause     19],     after '7' insert '(1) or (2)'.


Secretary Margaret Beckett


*Page     11,     line     17     [Clause     19],     at end insert—

    '( )   In this section, references to an animal in relation to which an offence under section 7(1) or (2) has been committed include an animal which took part in an animal fight in relation to which such an offence was committed.'.


Secretary Margaret Beckett


*Page     11,     line     30     [Clause     20],     after 'sections' insert '[Docking of dogs' tails],'.


Secretary Margaret Beckett


*Page     11,     line     36     [Clause     21],     after 'sections' insert '[Docking of dogs' tails](1) and (2) and'.


Secretary Margaret Beckett


*Page     11,     line     36     [Clause     21],     after 'to' insert '6 and'.


Secretary Margaret Beckett


*Page     11,     line     36     [Clause     21],     after '7' insert '(1) and (2)'.


Bill Wiggin


Page     11,     line     41     [Clause     22],     at end insert—

    '(1A)   For the purposes of subsection (1), an inspector shall only be able to require the licence holder to produce records relevant to the previous 12 months.'.


Bill Wiggin


Page     13,     line     25     [Clause     28],     leave out 'this Act' and insert 'sections 8, 10, 11 or 30(9)'.


Bill Wiggin


Page     13,     line     26     [Clause     28],     leave out 'three years' and insert 'twelve months'.


Bill Wiggin


Page     14,     line     3     [Clause     29],     leave out from 'liable' to end of line 7 and insert—

      '(a) on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 51 weeks, or a fine not exceeding £20,000, or to both;

      (b) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or a fine not exceeding £20,000, or to both.'.


Secretary Margaret Beckett


*Page     14,     line     3     [Clause     29],     after 'sections' insert '[Docking of dogs' tails](1) and (2) and'.


Secretary Margaret Beckett


*Page     14,     line     25     [Clause     30],     after 'sections' insert '[Docking of dogs' tails](1) and (2) and'.


Bill Wiggin


Page     14,     line     37     [Clause     30],     at end insert—

    '(3A)   The court shall not make an order for the destruction of an animal under this section unless it is satisfied, on the basis of evidence given by a veterinary surgeon, that it is appropriate to do so in the interests of the animal.'.

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