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The Sheep and Goats (Records, Identification and Movement) Order (Northern Ireland) 2005

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Removal of identification

14.—(1) A person shall not—

(a)tamper with, remove or deface, or cause or permit to be tampered with, removed or defaced any approved eartag;

(b)deface or obliterate, or cause or permit to be defaced or obliterated any tattoo;

(c)remove or tamper with, or cause or permit to be removed or tampered with, any electronic transponder;

(d)alter, or cause or permit to be altered, any information contained on any eartag, tattoo or electronic transponder attached to an animal under—

(i)the Council Regulation;

(ii)this Order or any provisions which give effect to the Council Regulation in England, Scotland or Wales;

(iii)the previous Orders; or

(iv)Council Directive 92/102/EEC (in the case of an animal marked in another member State in accordance with that Directive).

(2) A person shall not alter, remove, obliterate or deface the original identification applied to an animal originating in a member State in contravention of Article 4(5) of the Council Regulation.

(3) A person shall not—

(a)transfer an approved eartag from an animal or a carcase to any other animal;

(b)use for identifying any animal an approved eartag which has at any time been used to identify any other animal;

(c)remove an approved eartag except in accordance with the permission of the Department;

(d)replace an approved eartag other than in accordance with this Order;

(e)have in his possession an approved eartag which bears an individual animal identification number already allocated to an animal on his holding or any other holding except a replacement approved eartag specifically authorised by the Department;

(f)have in his possession an animal bearing an eartag which is not an approved eartag, but which resembles an approved eartag in terms of shape, size or colour;

(g)have in his possession without lawful excuse, an approved eartag bearing an individual animal identification number other than that issued to him in accordance with the provisions of this Order.

(4) For the purposes of this Article any reference to an “approved eartag” includes any other means of identification attached to an animal under the Council Regulation or previous Orders.

(5) A keeper shall comply with Article 4(6) (first paragraph) of the Council Regulation.

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