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Export of Animals (Protection) Order (Northern Ireland) 1996

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Regulation of exportation of animals in the interests of their welfare

3.—(1) A person shall not export or cause or permit to be exported from Northern Ireland to any place outside Great Britain, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or another member State of the European Union any animals except under the authority of and in accordance with the conditions of a licence issued by the Department.

(2) The Department in issuing or refusing to issue a licence shall have regard to all matters connected with the welfare of the animals intended for export and in particular the Department shall not issue a licence unless satisfied that the arrangements for transporting the animals to their final destination are such as to protect them from unnecessary suffering.

(3) Any person wishing to obtain a licence under this Article shall make an application to the Department in such form and manner and within such time as the Department may require and shall provide the Department with the following information—

(a)the number and description of each species of animals in respect of which the application is made;

(b)where applicable, the stage of pregnancy of the animals;

(c)the address of the approved premises in which the animals are being, or will be, rested;

(d)the details of arrangements made for feeding and watering those animals whose international transport is unlikely to be completed within 18 hours;

(e)the mode of transport of the animals to their final destination and the description and the identifying details of the vehicles, vessels, aircraft or receptacles to be used for this purpose;

(f)the ports or airports of embarkation and disembarkation;

(g)the name and address of the person to whom the animals are to be consigned; and

(h)the address of the place which is to be the final destination of the animals and the name of the person in charge of that place.

(4) The Department may vary, revoke or suspend a licence issued under this Article by a notice in writing served on the person to whom the licence was issued.

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