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1. These Regulations may be cited as the Welfare of Animals (Permitted Procedures by Lay Persons) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 and shall come into operation on 2nd April 2012.
2.—(1) In these Regulations—
“the Act” means the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011;
“cattle” means all animals of the bovine species including bison and buffalo;
“conventionally reared meat chicken” means an animal of the species Gallus gallus that is kept for meat production, other than one—
that is on a holding with fewer than 500 such animals or with only breeding stocks of such animals;
in relation to which the term “Extensive indoor (barn reared)”, “Free range”, “Traditional free range” or “Free range – total freedom” can be used within the meaning of point (b), (c), (d) or (e) of Annex V to Commission Regulation (EC) No. 543/2008 laying down detailed rules for the application of Regulation (EC) No. 1234/2007 as regards the marketing standards for poultrymeat(1);
“desnooding” means removal of a turkey’s snood;
“disbudding” means removal of the horn bud of cattle, goats or sheep;
“domestic fowl” means a domesticated member of the species Gallus gallus;
“dubbing” means removal of the comb of a domestic fowl;
“farmed” means, in relation to an animal, bred or kept for the production of food, wool or skin or for other farming purposes;
“horses” means any member of the equine species including ponies, asses, donkeys, jennets and mules;
“in velvet” means, in relation to the antlers of a deer, until the velvet is frayed and the greater part of it has been shed;
“laying hen” means a hen of the species Gallus gallus which has reached laying maturity and is kept for the production of eggs not intended for hatching;
“lay person” means, in relation to a procedure listed in Schedules 1 to 11, a person who has received instruction or who is otherwise experienced in the performance of that procedure;
“poultry” means domestic fowl, turkeys, geese, ducks, guinea fowl, quails, pheasants and partridges;
“prohibited procedure” means a procedure which involves interference with the sensitive tissues or bone structure of an animal;
“protected animal” shall have the same meaning as in section 2 of the Act; and
“suitable instrument” means in relation to any procedure, an instrument that is in a fit state of repair and has been designed, or is of a kind commonly used, for the purpose of performing that procedure.
(2) In these Regulations, any reference to a lay person includes a—
(a)veterinary student acting in accordance with paragraph 4 of the Schedule to the Veterinary Surgeons (Practice by Students) Regulations Order of Council 1981(3);
(b)person undergoing instruction in accordance with paragraph 5 of Part 1 of Schedule 3 to the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1996(4);
(c)veterinary nurse acting in accordance with paragraph 6 of Part 1 of Schedule 3 to the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966;
(d)student veterinary nurse acting in accordance with paragraph 7 of Part 1 of Schedule 3 to the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966;
(e)registered medical practitioner or a registered dentist acting in accordance with section 19 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966; and
(f)person entitled to carry out a procedure listed in Schedules 1 to 11 under the Veterinary Surgeons (Exemptions) Order 1962(5).
3. Section 5(1) and (2) of the Act does not apply to a procedure listed in Schedules 1 to 11 carried out by a lay person, providing it is carried out—
(a)in accordance with any relevant requirement in those Schedules;
(b)in such a way as to minimise the pain and suffering it causes to the protected animal;
(c)in hygienic conditions; and
(d)in accordance with best practice.
4.—(1) Section 5(1) and (2) of the Act does not apply where a prohibited procedure is carried out in an emergency for the purpose of saving the life or relieving the pain of the protected animal.
(3) A record shall be kept for 3 years detailing the circumstances and the reason for carrying out the emergency procedure.
5. Subject to regulation 3(b) to (d), section 5(1) and (2) of the Act does not apply to any procedure undertaken by a lay person involving the removal of tissue, hair or feathers from a protected animal for the purposes of genetic analysis.
6. The Welfare of Livestock (Prohibited Operations) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(6) is repealed.
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