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Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006

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All reference to 'Parts' and 'sections' are from the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. For other versions of these Explanatory Notes, see More Resources.

  1. Introduction

  2. Background

  3. The Act – an Overview

  4. Commentary on Sections

    1. Part 1 – Animal Health

      1. Section 1 – Slaughter for preventing spread of disease

      2. Section 2 – Slaughter of treated animals

      3. Section 3 – Disease control (slaughter) statement

      4. Section 4 – Biosecurity codes

      5. Section 5 – Tests and samples

      6. Section 6 – Animal gatherings

      7. Section 7 – Treatment

      8. Section 8 – Seizure of carcases

      9. Section 9 – Specified diseases

      10. Section 10 – Deliberate infection of animals

      11. Section 11 – Livestock genotypes: specification, breeding and slaughter

      12. Section 12 – Powers of entry

      13. Section 13 – Inspection of vehicles

      14. Section 14 – Penalties and time limits

      15. Section 15 – Electronic communication

    2. Part 2 – Animal Welfare

      1. Section 16 – Animals to which this Part applies

      2. Section 17 – Protected animals

      3. Section 18 – Responsibility for animals

      4. Section 19 – Unnecessary suffering

      5. Section 20 – Mutilation

      6. Section 21 – Cruel operations

      7. Section 22 – Administration of poisons

      8. Section 23 – Animal fights

      9. Section 24 – Ensuring welfare of animals

      10. Section 25 – Care notices

      11. Section 26 – Provision for securing welfare

      12. Section 27 – Licensing of activities involving animals

      13. Section 28 – Prohibition on keeping certain animals

      14. Section 29 – Abandonment

      15. Section 30 – Sale of animals to children

      16. Section 31 – Offering animals as prizes

      17. Section 32 – Taking possession of animals

      18. Section 33 – Release orders where animals taken

      19. Section 34 – Disposal orders where animals taken

      20. Section 35 – Resort to destruction of animals

      21. Section 36 – Animal welfare bodies

      22. Section 37 – Animal welfare codes

      23. Section 38 – Animal welfare guidance

      24. Section 39 – Deprivation orders

      25. Section 40 – Disqualification orders

      26. Section 41 – Seizure orders where disqualification breached

      27. Section 42 – Termination or variation of disqualification

      28. Section 43 – Appeals against orders

      29. Section 44 – Proceedings for animal fighting offences

      30. Section 45 – Offences by bodies corporate

      31. Section 46 – Penalties for offences

      32. Section 47 – Exclusions

      33. Section 48 – Suffering

      34. Section 49 – Vets, inspectors and constables.

      35. Section 50 – Premises

      36. Section 51 – Regulations

    3. Part 3 – General

      1. Section 52 – Modification of enactments

      2. Section 53 – Ancillary provision

      3. Section 54 – Crown application

      4. Section 55 – Commencement and short title

  5. Schedules

    1. Schedule 1 – Powers of inspectors and constables for Part 2

    2. Schedule 2 – Modification of enactments

  6. Parliamentary History

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