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

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PART 1INTRODUCTORY

Interpretation

1.  In this Schedule, “animal” means solipeds, ruminants, pigs, rabbits, poultry or ratites.

Scope

2.—(1) This Schedule applies to—

(a)the killing of animals in a killing establishment;

(b)the killing of poultry or rabbits on the farm for the purpose of directly supplying small quantities of meat by the producer to the final consumer or to local retail establishments supplying such meat directly to the final consumer as fresh meat in accordance with Article 11; and

(c)the killing of animals other than in a slaughterhouse or in the circumstances mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b).

(2) But in the case of animals killed in the circumstances mentioned in subparagraphs (1)(b) and (c)—

(a)Parts 2 and 3 do not apply; and

(b)Part 4 does not apply unless the animal is killed by bleeding.

Exemptions

3.—(1) Nothing in this Schedule applies to—

(a)the killing of an animal in a slaughterhouse;

(b)the killing of an animal for the purpose of disease control unless it is stunned by penetrative captive bolt or electrocution in which case it must be stunned in accordance with paragraphs 33, 36 or 37 of Part 5 (as the case may be);

(c)the killing of a pig, sheep or goat by its owner for the owner’s private domestic consumption unless it is killed by bleeding in which case it must be stunned and bled in accordance with Part 5; or

(d)the killing of surplus chicks which are less than 72 hours old or embryos in hatchery waste provided that paragraph 43 is complied with.

(2) In this paragraph, “disease control” means the control by the competent authority of any disease which is notifiable by or under the provisions of the Diseases of Animals (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(1) or in pursuance of any EU obligation.

(1)

S.I. 1981/1115 (N.I. 22). as amended by S.I. 1984/702 (N.I. 2) Article 17, S.I. 1994/1891 (N.I. 6) Articles 22 and 23, and 2010 (c.1) Section 19.

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