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(1)A person commits an offence if the person does not take such steps as are reasonable in the circumstances to ensure that the needs of an animal for which the person is responsible are met to the extent required by good practice.
(2)The circumstances to which, for the purposes of subsection (1), regard is to be had include—
(a)any lawful purpose for which the animal is kept,
(b)any lawful activity undertaken in relation to the animal.
(3)For the purposes of subsection (1), an animal’s needs include—
(a)its need for a suitable environment,
(b)its need for a suitable diet,
(c)its need to be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns,
(d)any need it has to be housed with, or apart from, other animals,
(e)its need to be protected from suffering, injury and disease.
(4)This section does not apply to the destruction of an animal in an appropriate and humane manner.
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