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Explanatory Memorandum to Dangerous Wild Animals (Northern Ireland) Order 2004

Article 2: Interpretation

Paragraph (2) defines the meaning of “a keeper of a DWA” for the purposes of applying the requirements of the Order. A person will normally be regarded as the keeper of a DWA if it is in his possession.

Paragraphs (3) to (4) define exceptions to the definition contained in paragraph (2). The licensing requirements will not apply to any person who has a DWA in his possession because:

  • they are preventing it from causing damage;

  • they are restoring it to its owner;

  • they are providing veterinary treatment to it ;or

  • they are transporting the DWA on behalf of someone else;

Paragraph (5) provides definitions for general terms used in the Order.

Paragraph (6) explains that the second column contained in the Schedule to the Order is included for ease of reference purposes only, by providing the common name for each of the types of animal included. In case of dispute or proceedings, only the scientific name contained in the first column is to be used.

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