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

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Resting of animals before export

4.—(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 unless immediately before their international transport they have been rested by detention for the rest period defined in paragraph (3) on premises (hereinafter called “approved premises”) which are—

(a)having regard to all factors affecting the welfare of animals, within a reasonable distance of the port or airport of embarkation;

(b)provided with suitable protection against the weather; and

(c)approved in writing for that purpose by the Department.

(2) The Department may—

(a)grant the approval referred to in paragraph (1)(c) subject to such conditions as may be specified in the approval;

(b)vary, revoke or suspend the approval by notice in writing served on the owner, occupier or the person having the charge or control of the approved premises;

(c)grant the approval to remain in force until revoked or to expire at a time specified in the approval.

(3) The rest period shall be a period of not less than 10 consecutive hours and shall begin as soon as the last animal in a consignment has entered the pen or enclosure where the resting is to take place and all the procedures, other than those which solely concern the care of the animals, the feeding and watering of the animals and the veterinary inspection for the purpose of ascertaining whether they are fit for transportation, in relation to every animal in the consignment, are completed. The removal of an animal from one pen to another in accordance with the provisions of Article 5(1)(l) and Article 6 shall not affect the calculation of the rest period.

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