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The Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008

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Slaughter of a suspect animal

3.—(1) For the purposes of paragraphs (1) and (2) of Article 12 of the Community TSE Regulation, if a veterinary inspector suspects that a bovine animal is affected with TSE, that veterinary inspector must either —

(a)kill it immediately on the premises on which it is kept; or

(b)serve a notice prohibiting the animal from being moved from the premises until it has been killed; or

(c)serve a notice directing the owner to consign it to other premises for killing and prohibiting movement other than in accordance with that direction; and

(d)remove any cattle passport relating to it.

(2) The veterinary inspector must restrict the movement of other bovine animals from the premises in question in accordance with the second, third and fifth paragraphs of Article 12(1) of the Community TSE Regulation as read with Article 2(1)(a) of Commission Decision 2007/411/EC(1).

(3) The veterinary inspector may restrict the movement of bovine animals on other premises in accordance with the fourth paragraph of Article 12(1) of the Community TSE Regulation.

(4) If the animal is killed on any premises as provided for by this paragraph, it is an offence to remove the body from the premises except in accordance with a licence issued by an inspector.

(5) If the animal to which sub-paragraph (1) applies is not killed immediately, the keeper must dispose of its milk in such a way that it cannot be consumed by a human or an animal other than its own calf or an animal kept for research purposes and any contravention of this sub-paragraph is an offence.

(6) The keeper must maintain the animal at their expense until it is slaughtered or the notice is withdrawn.

(1)

O.J. No. L 155, 15.6.2007, p.75

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