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The Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART 1

    1. 1.Citation and commencement

    2. 2.Expiry

    3. 3.Interpretation

    4. 4.The competent authority

  3. PART 2

    1. 5.Requirement for a certificate or temporary certificate

    2. 6.Operations which require a certificate or temporary certificate

    3. 7.Certificates

    4. 8.Conditions for a certificate

    5. 9.Temporary certificates

    6. 10.Conditions for a temporary certificate

    7. 11.Grant of certificates and temporary certificates

  4. PART 3

    1. 12.Refusal to grant a certificate or temporary certificate

    2. 13.Suspension or revocation of a certificate or temporary certificate

    3. 14.Modification of a certificate

    4. 15.Refusal to modify a certificate

    5. 16.Review by the competent authority

    6. 17.WASK licences

  5. PART 4

    1. 18.Additional requirements for slaughterhouses

    2. 19.Additional requirements for killing animals other than in slaughterhouses

    3. 20.Additional requirements for slaughtering animals in accordance with religious rites

    4. 21.Killing animals other than those to which the EU Regulation applies

  6. PART 5

    1. 22.Depopulation operations

  7. PART 6

    1. 23.Offences

    2. 24.Obstruction offences

    3. 25.Offences by bodies corporate

    4. 26.Penalties

  8. PART 7

    1. 27.Inspectors

    2. 28.Power to enter premises

    3. 29.Warrants

    4. 30.Power to inspect and seize

    5. 31.Enforcement notices

    6. 32.Appeals against enforcement notices

    7. 33.Power of a district council to prosecute

    8. 34.Time limits for prosecutions

  9. PART 8

    1. 35.Consequential amendments

    2. 36.Transitional provisions: certificates

    3. 37.Transitional provisions: slaughterhouses

    4. 38.Review

    5. 39.Revocations

  10. Signature

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR SLAUGHTERHOUSES

      1. PART 1 INTRODUCTORY

        1. 1.Interpretation

        2. 2.Scope

      2. PART 2 LAYOUT, CONSTRUCTION AND EQUIPMENT

        1. 3.General requirements

        2. 4.Animals delivered other than in containers

        3. 5.Lairages other than field lairages

        4. 6.Field lairages

        5. 7.Shackle lines

        6. 8.Stunning pens

        7. 9.Facilities for horses

      3. PART 3 HANDLING OPERATIONS

        1. 10.General requirements

        2. 11.Inspection of animals

        3. 12.Animals which have experienced pain or suffering and unweaned animals

        4. 13.Animals delivered other than in containers

        5. 14.The driving of animals

        6. 15.Moving animals with care

        7. 16.Instruments for guiding animals

        8. 17.Lairaging of animals

      4. PART 4 RESTRAINING OPERATIONS

        1. 18.General requirement

        2. 19.Restraining bovine animals

        3. 20.Suspending poultry

        4. 21.Shackle lines

        5. 22.Restraining Operations

      5. PART 5 STUNNING AND KILLING OPERATIONS

        1. 23.General requirements

        2. 24.Penetrative captive bolt

        3. 25.Non-penetrative captive bolt

        4. 26.Percussive blow to the head

        5. 27.Electrical stunning other than by waterbath

        6. 28.Electrical stunning by waterbath

        7. 29.Exposure to gas – pigs

        8. 30.Exposure to gas – poultry

        9. 31.Bleeding or pithing

        10. 32.Killing of horses

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR KILLING ANIMALS OTHER THAN IN SLAUGHTERHOUSES

      1. PART 1 INTRODUCTORY

        1. 1.Interpretation

        2. 2.Scope

        3. 3.Exemptions

      2. PART 2 LAYOUT, CONSTRUCTION AND EQUIPMENT

        1. 4.General requirements

        2. 5.Animals delivered other than in containers

        3. 6.Lairages other than field lairages

        4. 7.Field lairages

        5. 8.Shackle lines

        6. 9.Stunning pens

        7. 10.Facilities for horses

      3. PART 3 HANDLING OPERATIONS

        1. 11.General requirements

        2. 12.Inspection of animals

        3. 13.Animals which have experienced pain or suffering and unweaned animals

        4. 14.Emergency killing

        5. 15.Animals delivered other than in containers

        6. 16.The lifting or dragging of animals

        7. 17.The driving of animals

        8. 18.Moving animals with care

        9. 19.Instruments to guide animals

        10. 20.Instruments to make animals move

        11. 21.Treatment of animals

        12. 22.Lairaging of animals

        13. 23.Handling of animals delivered in containers

        14. 24.Killing of animals delivered in containers

      4. PART 4 RESTRAINING OPERATIONS

        1. 25.General requirement

        2. 26.Restraining bovine animals

        3. 27.Electric Currents

        4. 28.Tying legs

        5. 29.Suspending animals

        6. 30.Shackle lines

        7. 31.Restraining operations

      5. PART 5 STUNNING AND KILLING OPERATIONS

        1. 32.General requirements

        2. 33.Penetrative captive bolt

        3. 34.Non-penetrative captive bolt

        4. 35.Percussive blow to the head

        5. 36.Electrical stunning other than by waterbath

        6. 37.Electrical stunning by waterbath

        7. 38.Exposure to gas – prohibition

        8. 39.Exposure to gas – pigs

        9. 40.Exposure to gas – poultry

        10. 41.Bleeding or pithing

        11. 42.Horses

        12. 43.Surplus chicks in hatchery waste

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR SLAUGHTERING ANIMALS IN ACCORDANCE WITH RELIGIOUS RITES

      1. PART 1 INTRODUCTORY

        1. 1.Interpretation

        2. 2.General prohibition

      2. PART 2 SHEEP, GOATS AND BOVINE ANIMALS

        1. 3.Restraint of bovine animals

        2. 4.Use and maintenance of restraining facilities for non-stun slaughter

        3. 5.Method of slaughter

        4. 6.Handling of sheep, goats and bovine animals during slaughter

      3. PART 3 BIRDS

        1. 7.Method of slaughter

        2. 8.Handling birds after slaughter

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      KILLING ANIMALS OTHER THAN THOSE TO WHICH THE EU REGULATION APPLIES

      1. 1.Interpretation

      2. 2.Scope

      3. 3.Exemptions

      4. 4.Humane killing

      5. 5.Poultry, rabbits or hares bled for private domestic consumption

    5. SCHEDULE 5

      PROVISIONS OF THE EU REGULATION

    6. SCHEDULE 6

      CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS

      1. 1.Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 2004

      2. 2.The Meat (Official Controls Charges) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009

      3. 3.Gangmasters Licensing (Exclusions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014

    7. SCHEDULE 7

      TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS: CERTIFICATES

      1. PART 1 SIMPLIFIED PROCEDURE FOR PERSONS WHO HAVE THREE YEARS’ PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

        1. 1.Application

      2. PART 2 SIMPLIFIED PROCEDURE FOR PERSONS WHO DO NOT HAVE THREE YEARS’ PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: TRANSITIONAL CERTIFICATE

        1. 2.Transitional certificates

        2. 3.A person to whom paragraph 2 applies may apply for...

        3. 4.A person to whom paragraph 3 applies is not required...

        4. 5.Conditions for a transitional certificate

        5. 6.Grant of a transitional certificate

        6. 7.Withdrawal of transitional certificate and review

        7. 8.Period of validity of a transitional certificate

    8. SCHEDULE 8

      TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS: SLAUGHTERHOUSES

      1. 1.Animals delivered other than in containers

      2. 2.Lairages other than field lairages

      3. 3.Field lairages

      4. 4.Shackle lines

      5. 5.Electrical stunning other than by waterbath

      6. 6.Electrical stunning by waterbath

      7. 7.Exposure to gas

    9. SCHEDULE 9

      REVOCATIONS

  11. Explanatory Note

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