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Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (Scotland) Act 2018

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1Wild animals in travelling circuses: offence

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(1)A person who is a circus operator commits an offence if the person uses, or causes or permits another person to use, a wild animal in a travelling circus.

(2)An offence under this section is committed in relation to a travelling circus only if the wild animal is transported, whether regularly or irregularly, from one place to another where it is used in the travelling circus, but—

(a)the animal need not be in the course of being transported for the offence to be committed,

(b)it is immaterial to the commission of the offence whether or not the transportation of the animal is with, or is part of, the travelling circus.

(3)For the purpose of this section, a wild animal is used if the animal—

(a)performs, or

(b)is displayed or exhibited.

(4)A person who commits an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

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