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Report Stage Proceedings: 14th March 2006                

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Animal Welfare Bill, continued

 
 

Transfer of animal by way of prize to any person

 

Mr David Drew

 

Not selected  nc11

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

A person commits an offence if he enters into an arrangement with a person where

 

that person has the chance to win an animal as a prize.

 

(2)    

For the purposes of subsection (1), entering into an arrangement includes selling

 

or transferring, or agreeing to sell or transfer, ownership of the animal in

 

consideration of entry by the transferee into another transaction.’.

 


 

Sale of dogs

 

Mr David Drew

 

Not selected  nc12

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

A person commits an offence if he exposes, offers or displays for sale or supply

 

or sells or supplies a dog in the course of a business at premises other than—

 

(a)    

a dwelling;

 

(b)    

a licensed breeding establishment or a licensed Scottish rearing

 

establishment within the meaning of section 8 of the Breeding and Sale

 

of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999 (sale of dogs).

 

(2)    

A person commits an offence if in the course of a business he sells a dog which

 

is less than eight weeks old.’.

 


 

Pet fairs

 

Norman Baker

 

Greg Mulholland

 

Mr Michael Clapham

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Alan Simpson

 

Mr Mike Hancock

 

Not selected  NC13

 

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 a pet 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


 
 

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(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.’.

 


 

Snares

 

Mr David Drew

 

Not selected  NC14

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘A person commits an offence if he—

 

(a)    

manufactures a snare,

 

(b)    

sells a snare,

 

(c)    

transfers, or agrees to transfer, ownership of a snare, or

 

(d)    

offers the opportunity to win a snare as a prize.’.

 


 

Norman Baker

 

Greg Mulholland

 

Not selected  110

 

Page  1,  line  3  [Clause  1],  after ‘means’, insert ‘a cephalopod or’.

 

Norman Baker

 

Greg Mulholland

 

Not selected  111

 

Page  1,  line  21  [Clause  1],  after ‘Chordata’, insert ‘, “cephalopod” means any

 

member of the class Cephalopoda’.

 


 

Bill Wiggin

 

Not called  2

 

Page  2,  line  16  [Clause  3],  at end insert—

 

‘(5)    

For the purposes of this Act, in the event of a person unlawfully taking possession

 

of an animal, he will be treated as being responsible for that animal on a


 
 

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temporary basis, until such time as that the animal is recovered by its lawful

 

owner or taken into the care of an inspector.’.

 


 

Bill Wiggin

 

Not called  3

 

Page  3,  line  4  [Clause  4],  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

In this section, the term “suffering” includes both mental and physical suffering

 

or cruelty.’.

 

Norman Baker

 

Not called  107

 

Page  3,  line  4  [Clause  4],  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

For the purposes of subsection (3)(c), the protection of property shall only be

 

considered a legitimate purpose when animals are used by the police or armed

 

forces in the carrying out of their duties.’.

 

Bill Wiggin

 

Not called  4

 

Page  3,  line  21  [Clause  5],  after ‘apply’, insert—

 

‘(a)    

to the docking of the tail of a working gundog; or

 

(b)    

’.

 

Secretary Margaret Beckett

 

Agreed to  38

 

Page  3,  line  25  [Clause  5],  at end insert—

 

    ‘( )  

Nothing in this section applies to the removal of the whole or any part of a

 

dog’s tail.’.

 

Bill Wiggin

 

Not called  5

 

Page  3,  line  25  [Clause  5],  at end insert—

 

‘(6)    

In subsection (4), “docking of the tail of a dog” means the deliberate removal of

 

any part of a tail of a dog if the removal is carried out—

 

(a)    

by a veterinary surgeon; and

 

(b)    

on a dog which is less than 10 days old.’.

 


 

Secretary Margaret Beckett

 

Agreed to  62

 

Page  4,  line  3  [Clause  7],  leave out ‘arranges’ and insert ‘causes’.

 

Bill Wiggin

 

Not called  6

 

Page  4,  line  3  [Clause  7],  after ‘arranges’, insert ‘or knowingly publicises’.


 
 

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Secretary Margaret Beckett

 

Agreed to  63

 

Page  4,  line  3  [Clause  7],  at end insert ‘to take place, or attempts to do so’.

 

Bill Wiggin

 

Not called  7

 

Page  4,  line  3  [Clause  7],  at end insert—

 

‘(aa)    

distributes promotional material for an animal fight;

 

(ab)    

willingly accepts promotional material for an animal fight;’.

 

Secretary Margaret Beckett

 

Agreed to  64

 

Page  4,  line  4  [Clause  7],  leave out paragraph (b).

 

Bill Wiggin

 

Not called  8

 

Page  4,  line  5  [Clause  7],  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

knowingly participates in the publicising of an animal fight;’.

 

Secretary Margaret Beckett

 

Agreed to  65

 

Page  4,  line  5  [Clause  7],  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

knowingly receives money for admission to an animal fight;’.

 

Secretary Margaret Beckett

 

Agreed to  66

 

Page  4,  line  5  [Clause  7],  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

knowingly publicises a proposed animal fight;’.

 

Secretary Margaret Beckett

 

Agreed to  67

 

Page  4,  line  5  [Clause  7],  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

provides information about an animal fight to another with the intention

 

of enabling or encouraging attendance at the fight;’.

 

Secretary Margaret Beckett

 

Agreed to  68

 

Page  4,  line  9  [Clause  7],  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

has in his possession anything designed or adapted for use in connection

 

with an animal fight with the intention of its being so used;’.

 

Secretary Margaret Beckett

 

Agreed to  69

 

Page  4,  line  9  [Clause  7],  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

keeps or trains an animal for use for in connection with an animal fight;’.

 

Secretary Margaret Beckett

 

Agreed to  70

 

Page  4,  line  9  [Clause  7],  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

keeps any premises for use for an animal fight.’.


 
 

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Animal Welfare Bill, continued

 
 

Secretary Margaret Beckett

 

Agreed to  82

 

Page  4,  line  10  [Clause  7],  after ‘or’ insert ‘reasonable’.

 

Secretary Margaret Beckett

 

Agreed to  83

 

Page  4,  line  11  [Clause  7],  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

A person commits an offence if, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse,

 

he—

 

(a)    

knowingly supplies a video recording of an animal fight,

 

(b)    

knowingly publishes a video recording of an animal fight,

 

(c)    

knowingly shows a video recording of an animal fight to another, or

 

(d)    

possesses a video recording of an animal fight, knowing it to be such a

 

recording, with the intention of supplying it.

 

(2B)    

Subsection (2A) does not apply if the video recording is of an animal fight that

 

took place—

 

(a)    

outside Great Britain, or

 

(b)    

before the commencement date.

 

(2C)    

Subsection (2A) does not apply—

 

(a)    

in the case of paragraph (a), to the supply of a video recording for

 

inclusion in a programme service;

 

(b)    

in the case of paragraph (b) or (c), to the publication or showing of a

 

video recording by means of its inclusion in a programme service;

 

(c)    

in the case of paragraph (d), by virtue of intention to supply for inclusion

 

in a programme service.

 

(2D)    

Provision extending the application of an offence under subsection (2A), so far as

 

relating to the provision of information society services, may be made under

 

section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972 (c. 68) (powers to implement

 

Community obligations by regulations) notwithstanding the limits imposed by

 

paragraph 1(1)(d) of Schedule 2 to that Act on the penalties with which an offence

 

may be punishable on summary conviction.’.

 

Bill Wiggin

 

Not called  10

 

Page  4,  line  11  [Clause  7],  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

A person commits an offence if, without lawful authority or excuse, he—

 

(a)    

produces a visual record of an animal fight,

 

(b)    

is in possession of a visual record of an animal fight, or

 

(c)    

distributes a visual record of an animal fight.’.

 

Bill Wiggin

 

Not called  9

 

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.’.


 
 

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Animal Welfare Bill, continued

 
 

Secretary Margaret Beckett

 

Agreed to  84

 

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

 

Not called  11

 

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

 

Not selected  12

 

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

 

Bill Wiggin

 

Not selected  13

 

Page  4,  line  19  [Clause  8],  leave out ‘to the extent required by good practice’ and

 

insert ‘in an appropriate manner’.

 

Bill Wiggin

 

Not selected  14

 

Page  4,  line  19  [Clause  8],  leave out ‘the extent required by good practice’ and

 

insert ‘an appropriate extent’.

 


 

Norman Baker

 

Not called  108

 

Page  5,  line  14  [Clause  9],  at end insert—

 

‘(7)    

A person who takes part in an activity which could result in them receiving an

 

animal as a prize shall have a duty to ensure that they make preparations to meet


 
 

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the need of the animal as set out in section 8(2) as soon as is practical after the

 

receipt of the prize.’.

 

Bill Wiggin

 

Not selected  15

 

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.’.

 

Mr David Drew

 

Not selected  106

 

Page  5,  line  27  [Clause  10],  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

make provision imposing specific restrictions on the ownership of

 

primates.’.

 

Norman Baker

 

Greg Mulholland

 

Not selected  112

 

Page  5,  line  27  [Clause  10],  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

make provision to prohibit the keeping of primates (including provision

 

making exception from a prohibition).’.

 


 

Bill Wiggin

 

Not called  16

 

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.’.

 

Norman Baker

 

Greg Mulholland

 

Not called  113

 

Page  6,  line  13  [Clause  11],  leave out subsections (3) and (4).

 

Norman Baker

 

Greg Mulholland

 

Not called  114

 

Page  6,  line  22  [Clause  11],  leave out ‘or (3)’.

 

Norman Baker

 

Greg Mulholland

 

Not called  115

 

Page  6,  line  24  [Clause  11],  leave out ‘or registration’.

 



 
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