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The Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Regulations 2000

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2.—(1) In these Regulations–

“animal” means any animal (including fish, reptiles or amphibians) bred or kept for the production of food, wool, skin or fur or for other farming purposes;

“authorised person” means any person authorised by the Scottish Ministers under section 6 of the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1968(1);

“battery cage” means an enclosed space intended for laying hens in a battery system;

“battery system” means an arrangement of battery cages in rows or tiers or rows and tiers;

“calf” means a bovine animal up to six months old;

“keeper” means any person responsible for or in charge of animals whether on a permanent or temporary basis;

“laying hen” means an adult hen of the species Gallus gallus which is kept for egg production;

“pig” means an animal of the porcine species of any age, kept for breeding or fattening;

“statutory welfare code” means a code for the time being issued by the Scottish Ministers under section 3 of the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1968(2); and

“zootechnical treatment” has the meaning given by Article 1(2)(c) of Directive 96/22/EEC(3) concerning the prohibition on the use in stockfarming of certain substances having a hormonal or thyrostatic action and of beta-agonists.

(2) These Regulations shall apply to animals except–

(a)animals living in the wild;

(b)animals whilst at, and animals solely intended for use in, competitions, shows, cultural or sporting events or activities;

(c)experimental or laboratory animals; or

(d)any invertebrate animals.

(3) Part 1 of Schedule 6 shall have effect for the purpose of the interpretation of Schedule 6.

(4) In these Regulations–

(a)any reference to a numbered regulation is a reference to the regulation so numbered in these Regulations;

(b)any reference to a numbered Schedule is a reference to the Schedule to these Regulations so numbered in these Regulations; and

(c)any reference in a regulation or a Schedule to a numbered paragraph is a reference to the paragraph so numbered in the regulation or Schedule in which the reference occurs.


The functions of the Minister were transferred to the Scottish Ministers by virtue of section 53 of the Scotland Act 1998 (c. 46).


By virtue of section 8(4) “the Ministers” means, in relation to Scotland, the Secretary of State. The functions conferred on the Secretary of State under section 3 of the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1968 were transferred to the Scottish Ministers by virtue of section 53 of the Scotland Act 1998 (c. 46).


O.J. No. L 125, 23.5.96, p.3.

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