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The Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order (Northern Ireland) 2019

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15.—(1) It is a defence to a charge of committing an offence to which this Article applies for a keeper of a commercial stock of specimens to show that—

(a)the specimens were acquired before their inclusion on the Union list; and

(b)the activity constituting the offence—

(i)was carried out for one of the purposes listed in paragraph (3); and

(ii)was not carried out after the end of the relevant period following the inclusion of the species to which the specimen in question belongs on the Union list.

(2) This Article applies to an offence under Article 3(1)(a), (c), (d) or (e).

(3) The purposes are—

(a)sale or transfer to a research or ex situ conservation establishment which holds a relevant permit, provided that the conditions in paragraph (4) apply;

(b)medicinal activities pursuant to a relevant permit, provided that the conditions in paragraph (4) apply;

(c)humane dispatch (in the case of animals) or destruction (in the case of plants, fungi or micro-organisms) of the specimen to exhaust the keeper’s stock; or

(d)sale or transfer to a non-commercial user, provided that the conditions in paragraph (4) apply.

(4) The conditions are that, at all material times—

(a)the specimen was kept and transported in contained holding; and

(b)appropriate measures were in place to ensure that the specimen could not reproduce or escape.

(5) For the purposes of paragraph (1)(b)(ii), the relevant period is—

(a)in relation to an activity carried out for a purpose mentioned in paragraph (3)(a) to (c), two years;

(b)in relation to an activity carried out for a purpose mentioned in paragraph (3)(d), one year.

(6) In this Article, “relevant permit” means—

(a)for the purposes of paragraph (3)(a), a permit under—

(i)article 28(1)(a);

(ii)article 35(1)(a) of the Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order 2019; or

(iii)any provision in legislation which applies in relation to Scotland and which enables permits to be issued for research or ex situ conservation in accordance with Article 8 of the Principal Regulation; and

(b)for the purposes of paragraph (3)(b), a permit under—

(i)article 28(1)(b);

(ii)article 35(1)(b) of the Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order 2019; or

(iii)any provision in legislation which applies in relation to Scotland and which enables permits to be issued for scientific production and subsequent medicinal use in accordance with Article 8 of the Principal Regulation.

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