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The Aujeszky’s Disease Order (Northern Ireland) 2012

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PART 1INTRODUCTION

Citation and commencement

1.  This Order may be cited as the Aujeszky’s Disease Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 and shall come into operation on 19th March 2012.

Interpretation

2.—(1) In this Order—

“Aujeszky’s Disease Virus” means the presence of Aujeszky’s Disease in a pig or carcase or a premises is contaminated with the virus;

“approved disinfectant” means a disinfectant approved by the Department under the Diseases of Animals (Approval of Disinfectants) Order (Northern Ireland) 2008(1);

“breeding pig” means any sow, boar or gilt which is at least 6 months of age;

“carcase” means a carcase or part of a carcase of a pig;

“disease” means Aujeszky’s Disease and “diseased” means showing clinical, pathological or serological evidence of Aujeszky’s Disease ;

“feedingstuff” means any substance used for feeding pigs and includes any ingredient used in the preparation of pig feedingstuff;

“holding code” means an alphanumeric code, allocated by the Department under article 4(2) of the Pigs (Records, Identification and Movements) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012(2);

“infected premises” means any premises declared to be infected under article 9;

“inspector” means a person who is authorised by the Department to exercise powers under this Order; and includes a veterinary inspector;

“keeper” means any person having care and control of pigs, whether on a temporary or permanent basis, but does not include a person who only transports pigs;

“pig” means any animal of the suidae family;

“premises” means premises where pigs or carcases are or have been kept or are suspected of being or having been kept;

“product” means any meat, offal, dung or other substance directly derived from a pig, whether mixed with any other substance or not and includes any bedding used by pigs;

“samples” means any samples taken from a pig or carcase;

“suspected” in relation to any pigs, carcases or premises means suspected of being infected with Aujeszky’s Disease or contaminated with Aujeszky’s Disease virus.

(2) Other expressions used in this Order which are also used in the Aujeszky’s Disease Scheme Order (Northern Ireland) 2012(3) shall have the same meaning as in that Scheme.

Notices

3.—(1) Any notice required or authorised under this Order to be served on any person shall be in writing and may be amended, suspended or revoked in writing at any time.

(2) Any such notice shall be served by—

(a)delivering it to the person;

(b)leaving it at the person’s usual or last known address; or

(c)sending it by post to the person at that address.

Licences

4.—(1) A licence granted under this Order shall be in writing and may be—

(a)general or specific;

(b)subject to conditions; and

(c)amended, suspended or revoked in writing at any time.

(2) A person moving anything under the authority of a specific licence shall—

(a)carry the licence or a copy of it at all times during the movement;

(b)on demand by an inspector or an officer of the Department, produce the licence or copy and allow a copy or extract to be taken;

(c)keep the licence for twelve months,

and failure to do so is an offence.

(3) A person moving anything under the authority of a general licence shall—

(a)carry, at all times during the movement, a movement document under article 14 of the Pigs (Records, Identification and Movement) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012(4) containing details of —

(i)what is being transported, including the quantity;

(ii)the date of the movement;

(iii)the names of the consignor and consignee;

(iv)the address of the place from which the movement started and of the destination;

(b)on demand by an inspector or an officer of the Department, produce the movement document and allow a copy or extract to be taken; and

(c)keep the movement document for twelve months,

and failure to do so is an offence.

(4) It is an offence to fail to comply with a condition of a licence granted under this Order.

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