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Animal Welfare Bill

 
 

eXPLANATORY NOTES

Explanatory notes to the Bill, prepared by the Department for the Environment, Food

and Rural Affairs, are published separately as HL Bill 88—EN.

EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

The Lord Bach has made the following statement under section 19(1)(a) of the Human

Rights Act 1998:

In my view the provisions of the Animal Welfare Bill are compatible with the

Convention rights.

 

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Contents

Introductory

1   

Animals to which the Act applies

2   

“Protected animal”

3   

Responsibility for animals

Prevention of harm

4   

Unnecessary suffering

5   

Mutilation

6   

Docking of dogs’ tails

7   

Administration of poisons etc.

8   

Fighting etc.

Promotion of welfare

9   

Duty of person responsible for animal to ensure welfare

10   

Improvement notices

11   

Transfer of animals by way of sale or prize to persons under 16

12   

Regulations to promote welfare

Licensing and registration

13   

Licensing or registration of activities involving animals

Codes of practice

14   

Codes of practice

15   

Making and approval of codes of practice: England

16   

Making of codes of practice: Wales

17   

Revocation of codes of practice

Animals in distress

18   

Powers in relation to animals in distress

19   

Power of entry for section 18 purposes

20   

Orders in relation to animals taken under section 18(5)

 

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Enforcement powers

21   

Seizure of animals involved in fighting offences

22   

Entry and search under warrant in connection with offences

23   

Entry for purposes of arrest

24   

Inspection of records required to be kept by holder of licence

25   

Inspection in connection with licences

26   

Inspection in connection with registration

27   

Inspection of farm premises

28   

Inspection relating to Community obligations

Prosecutions

29   

Power of local authority to prosecute offences

30   

Time limits for prosecutions

Post-conviction powers

31   

Imprisonment or fine

32   

Deprivation

33   

Disqualification

34   

Seizure of animals in connection with disqualification

35   

Section 34: supplementary

36   

Destruction in the interests of the animal

37   

Destruction of animals involved in fighting offences

38   

Reimbursement of expenses relating to animals involved in fighting offences

39   

Forfeiture of equipment used in offences

40   

Orders under section 32, 34, 36, 37 or 39: pending appeals

41   

Orders with respect to licences

42   

Termination of disqualification under section 33 or 41

Scotland

43   

Effect in Scotland of disqualification under section 33

44   

Deprivation orders in connection with offence under section 43(2)

45   

Seizure orders where disqualification breached: Scotland

46   

Appeals against deprivation orders and seizure orders

47   

Deprivation orders, seizure orders and interim orders: offences

General

48   

Inspectors

49   

Conditions for grant of warrant

50   

Powers of entry, inspection and search: supplementary

51   

Power to stop and detain vehicles

52   

Power to detain vessels, aircraft and hovercraft

53   

Obtaining of documents in connection with carrying out orders etc.

54   

Offences by bodies corporate

55   

Scientific research

56   

Fishing

57   

Crown application

58   

Orders and regulations

59   

General interpretation

60   

Financial provisions

61   

Minor and consequential amendments

 
 

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62   

Repeals

63   

Transition

64   

Extent

65   

Commencement

66   

Short title

Schedule 1   —   

Regulations under section 13

Part 1   —   

Licences for the purposes of the section

Part 2   —   

Registration for the purposes of the section

Part 3   —   

Supplementary

Schedule 2   —   

Powers of entry, inspection and search: supplementary

Schedule 3   —   

Minor and consequential amendments

Schedule 4   —   

Repeals

 
 

 
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