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Animal Welfare Act 2006
CHAPTER 45

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Animal Welfare Act 2006
CHAPTER 45

CONTENTS
Introductory 1 2 3 Animals to which the Act applies “Protected animal” Responsibility for animals Prevention of harm 4 5 6 7 8 Unnecessary suffering Mutilation Docking of dogs’ tails Administration of poisons etc. Fighting etc. Promotion of welfare 9 10 11 12 Duty of person responsible for animal to ensure welfare Improvement notices Transfer of animals by way of sale or prize to persons under 16 Regulations to promote welfare Licensing and registration 13 Licensing or registration of activities involving animals Codes of practice 14 15 16 17 Codes of practice Making and approval of codes of practice: England Making of codes of practice: Wales Revocation of codes of practice

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Animals in distress 18 19 20 21 Powers in relation to animals in distress Power of entry for section 18 purposes Orders in relation to animals taken under section 18(5) Orders under section 20: appeals Enforcement powers 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Seizure of animals involved in fighting offences Entry and search under warrant in connection with offences Entry for purposes of arrest Inspection of records required to be kept by holder of licence Inspection in connection with licences Inspection in connection with registration Inspection of farm premises Inspection relating to Community obligations Prosecutions 30 31 Power of local authority to prosecute offences Time limits for prosecutions Post-conviction powers 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 Imprisonment or fine Deprivation Disqualification Seizure of animals in connection with disqualification Section 35: supplementary Destruction in the interests of the animal Destruction of animals involved in fighting offences Reimbursement of expenses relating to animals involved in fighting offences Forfeiture of equipment used in offences Orders under section 33, 35, 37, 38 or 40: pending appeals Orders with respect to licences Termination of disqualification under section 34 or 42 Orders made on conviction for reimbursement of expenses Orders for reimbursement of expenses: right of appeal for non-offenders Scotland 46 47 48 49 50 Effect in Scotland of disqualification under section 34 Deprivation orders in connection with offence under section 46(2) Seizure orders where disqualification breached: Scotland Appeals against deprivation orders and seizure orders Deprivation orders, seizure orders and interim orders: offences General 51 52 53 54 55 Inspectors Conditions for grant of warrant Powers of entry, inspection and search: supplementary Power to stop and detain vehicles Power to detain vessels, aircraft and hovercraft

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Obtaining of documents in connection with carrying out orders etc. Offences by bodies corporate Scientific research Fishing Crown application Orders and regulations General interpretation Financial provisions Minor and consequential amendments Repeals Transition Extent Commencement Short title

Schedule 1 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Schedule 2 Schedule 3 Schedule 4

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Regulations under section 13 Licences for the purposes of the section Registration for the purposes of the section Supplementary Powers of entry, inspection and search: supplementary Minor and consequential amendments Repeals

ELIZABETH II

c. 45

Animal Welfare Act 2006
2006 CHAPTER 45

An Act to make provision about animal welfare; and for connected purposes. [8th November 2006]

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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:— E IT ENACTED

Introductory Animals to which the Act applies (1)...
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