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The Mink Keeping (Scotland) Order 2000

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This Order has been laid before the Scottish Parliament under section 10(1) of the Destructive Imported Animals Act 1932 for approval by resolution of the Scottish Parliament

Scottish Statutory Instruments

2000 No. 400



The Mink Keeping (Scotland) Order 2000


14th November 2000

Laid before the Scottish Parliament

15th November 2000

Coming into force

1st January 2001

The Scottish Ministers, being satisfied with respect to the non-indigenous mammalian species which are the subject of this Order that by reason of their destructive habits it is desirable to control the keeping of them and to destroy any which may be at large, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 10(1) of the Destructive Imported Animals Act 1932(1) and all other powers enabling them in that behalf, hereby make the following Order.

Citation, commencement and extent

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Mink Keeping (Scotland) Order 2000 and shall come into force on 1st January 2001.

(2) This Order extends to Scotland only.


2.  This Order shall cease to have effect on 1st January 2004.


3.  In this Order–

(a)the Act” means the Destructive Imported Animals Act 1932; and

(b)“mink” means the animal of the speciesMustela vison.

Keeping of mink

4.—(1) The keeping of mink is prohibited absolutely–

(a)on any off-shore island of Scotland other than the Isle of Arran (including neighbouring Holy Island);

(b)in the Caithness area of the Highland Council; and

(c)in the Sutherland area of the Highland Council.

(2) The keeping of any mink within the remainder of Scotland is prohibited, except under a licence granted under the Act.

Exceptions to application of the Act

5.  In the application of the Act in relation to mink, there shall be omitted section 5(2) and, in section 6(1), paragraph (f) and the reference to a penalty in the case of an offence under paragraph (f).


A member of the Scottish Executive

St Andrew’s House,


14th November 2000

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Order)

This Order prohibits absolutely the keeping of mink on any off-shore island except the Isle of Arran including neighbouring Holy Island and in the Caithness and Sutherland areas of the Highland Council and prohibits the keeping of mink in the rest of Scotland except under licence (article 3). The Order continues the prohibition imposed by the Mink Keeping Order (S.I. 1997/3002) (“the 1997 Order”), which ceases to have effect on 1st January 2001. This Order ceases to have effect on 1st January 2004 (“the expiry date”).

In consequence of the making of this Order the provisions of the Destructive Imported Animals Act 1932 will continue to apply to mink until the expiry date, subject (as under the 1997 Order) to certain exceptions relating to the duty on occupiers of land to give notice of the presence on their land of mink not kept under a licence (article 4).

No regulatory appraisal has been prepared in respect of this Order.


1932 c. 12; section 11 was amended by S.I. 1992/3302. The functions of the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Secretary of State for Scotland were transferred to the Scottish Ministers by virtue of section 53 of the Scotland Act 1998 (c. 46).

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