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The Prohibited Procedures on Protected Animals (Exemptions) (Scotland) Regulations 2010

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This is a draft item of legislation. This draft has since been made as a Scottish Statutory Instrument: The Prohibited Procedures on Protected Animals (Exemptions) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 No. 387

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SCHEDULE 1Bovine animals

Procedure

Purpose

Freeze brandingIdentification
TattooingIdentification
Ear taggingIdentification
Micro chippingIdentification
VasectomyControlling reproduction or general animal management
CastrationControlling reproduction or general animal management
Implantation of a subcutaneous contraceptive into a non-farmed bovineControlling reproduction or general animal management, as part of a conservation programme
Embryo and ovum transferControlling reproduction or general animal management
Nose ringingHandler safety or herd welfare
DehorningHandler safety or herd welfare
DisbuddingHandler safety or herd welfare
Supernumerary teat removalAnimal health

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SCHEDULE 2Pigs

Procedure

Purpose

TattooingIdentification
Ear taggingIdentification
Ear notchingIdentification
Micro chippingIdentification
VasectomyControlling reproduction or general animal management
Implantation of a subcutaneous contraceptive into a non-farmed pigControlling reproduction or general animal management, as part of a conservation programme
Embryo and ovum transferControlling reproduction or general animal management
Tusk trimmingHandler safety or herd welfare
Docking of farmed pigs kept on agricultural landHandler safety or herd welfare
Conditions
1) The procedure may only be performed—
(a)where there is evidence that injuries to the tails of other pigs have occurred and where other measures to improve environmental conditions or management systems have been taken in order to prevent tail-biting; and
(b)by the quick and complete severance of the part of the tail to be removed.
2) Where pigs are older than 7 days of age the procedure must be performed under anaesthetic and additional prolonged analgesia and only by a veterinary surgeon.
Uniform reduction of the corner teeth of farmed piglets kept on agricultural land aged 7 days or less by grinding or clipping to leave an intact smooth surfaceHerd welfare
Condition
The procedure may only be performed where there is evidence of injuries to sows’ teats or to other pigs’ ears or tails and when other measures have been taken to prevent tail-biting and other vices have been exhausted.
Nose ringingGeneral animal management
Condition
Nose rings must not be put in animals kept continuously in indoor husbandry systems.
CastrationControlling reproduction or general animal management.
Conditions
1) Castration may only be performed by means other than the tearing of tissues.
2) Where pigs are older than 7 days of age the procedure must be performed under anaesthetic and additional prolonged analgesia and only by a veterinary surgeon.

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SCHEDULE 3Birds

ProcedurePurpose
Micro chippingIdentification
Beak trimming of poultryFlock welfare
Conditions
1) Beak trimming of poultry may only be performed to prevent feather pecking and cannibalism and, in relation to laying hens kept on holdings of 350 or more and meat chickens kept on holdings of 500 or more, when the animals are less than 10 days old.
2) Beak trimming of laying hens kept on holdings of 350 or more may only be performed using the infra-red procedure.
3) In an emergency, to control an outbreak of feather pecking or cannibalism in laying hens, conditions 1 and 2 do not apply.
4) Beak trimming of meat chickens may only be carried out, after consultation with and on the advice of a veterinary surgeon, by qualified staff, and where other measures to prevent feather pecking and cannibalism are exhausted.
De-snoodingGeneral animal management
Cutting of the toes of poultry other than laying hens and meat chickensGeneral animal management
Dubbing of domestic fowl other than laying hens and meat chickensGeneral animal management
Pinioning of birds other than poultryGeneral animal management
LaparoscopyGeneral animal management
Castration, ovidectomy and vasectomy of a bird other than poultryControlling reproduction or general animal management, as part of a conservation programme
Implantation of a subcutaneous contraceptive into a bird other than poultryControlling reproduction or general animal management, as part of a conservation programme
Wing taggingIdentification of—
1) poultry in connection with breeding or testing for the presence of disease; or
2) a bird other than poultry in connection with conservation or research
Web taggingIdentification of—
1) poultry in connection with breeding or testing for the presence of disease; or
2) a bird other than poultry in connection with conservation or research

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SCHEDULE 4Sheep

ProcedurePurpose
TattooingIdentification
Ear taggingIdentification
Ear notchingIdentification
Micro chippingIdentification
VasectomyControlling reproduction or general animal management
Castration
Condition—
Surgical castration may only be carried out by a veterinary surgeon.Controlling reproduction or general animal management
Laparoscopic inseminationControlling reproduction or general animal management
Embryo and ovum transferControlling reproduction or general animal management
Implantation of a subcutaneous contraceptive into a non-farmed sheepControlling reproduction or general animal management, as part of a conservation programme
DehorningHandler safety or flock welfare
DisbuddingHandler safety or flock welfare
Docking of a farmed sheep kept on agricultural landAnimal health
Conditions—
1) Docking of sheep over 3 months of age may only be carried out by a veterinary surgeon.
2) Surgical docking may only be carried out by a veterinary surgeon.

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SCHEDULE 5Goats

ProcedurePurpose
TattooingIdentification
Ear taggingIdentification
Ear notchingIdentification
Micro chippingIdentification
VasectomyControlling reproduction or general animal management
CastrationControlling reproduction or general animal management
Laparoscopic inseminationControlling reproduction or general animal management
Implantation of a subcutaneous contraceptive into a non-farmed goatControlling reproduction or general animal management, as part of a conservation programme
Embryo and ovum transferControlling reproduction or general animal management
DehorningHandler safety or herd welfare
DisbuddingHandler safety or herd welfare

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SCHEDULE 6Equine Animals

ProcedurePurpose
Freeze brandingIdentification
TattooingIdentification
Micro chippingIdentification
VasectomyControlling reproduction or general animal management
CastrationControlling reproduction or general animal management
Implantation of a subcutaneous contraceptiveControlling reproduction or general animal management
Embryo and ovum transferControlling reproduction or general animal management

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SCHEDULE 7Deer

ProcedurePurpose
TattooingIdentification
Ear taggingIdentification
Ear notchingIdentification
Micro chippingIdentification
VasectomyControlling reproduction or general animal management
CastrationControlling reproduction or general animal management
Implantation of a subcutaneous contraceptive into a non-farmed deerControlling reproduction or general animal management, as part of a conservation programme
Embryo and ovum transferControlling reproduction or general animal management
Removal of antlersHandler safety or herd welfare

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SCHEDULE 8Cats

ProcedurePurpose
Ear tipping of feral catsIdentification
Micro chippingIdentification
TattooingIdentification
VasectomyControlling reproduction or general animal management
CastrationControlling reproduction or general animal management
SpayingControlling reproduction or general animal management
Implantation of a subcutaneous contraceptiveControlling reproduction or general animal management

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SCHEDULE 9Dogs

ProcedurePurpose
Micro chippingIdentification
TattooingIdentification
VasectomyControlling reproduction or general animal management
CastrationControlling reproduction or general animal management
SpayingControlling reproduction or general animal management
Embryo and ovum transferControlling reproduction or general animal management
Implantation of a subcutaneous contraceptiveControlling reproduction or general animal management
Amputation of dew clawsGeneral animal management

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SCHEDULE 10Fish

ProcedurePurpose
Chemical brandingIdentification
Freeze brandingIdentification
Passive integrated transponder tagging/micro chippingIdentification
Removal or perforation of parts of the fins, adipose fins or fin raysIdentification
Removal of fish scalesAge determination or stock management
Implantation of a subcutaneous contraceptiveControlling reproduction or general animal management

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SCHEDULE 11Reptiles

ProcedurePurpose
Micro chippingIdentification
LaparoscopyGeneral animal management
Implantation of a subcutaneous contraceptiveControlling reproduction or general animal management

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SCHEDULE 12Any other kind of animal

ProcedurePurpose
Micro chippingIdentification
TattooingIdentification
VasectomyControlling reproduction
CastrationControlling reproduction
SpayingControlling reproduction
Embryo and ovum transferControlling reproduction
Implantation of a subcutaneous contraceptiveControlling reproduction or general animal management

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