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The Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002

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Amendments to the Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Regulations 2000

2.—(1) The Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Regulations 2000(1) are amended in accordance with these Regulations.

(2) In regulation 2(1) (interpretation and application)–

(a)for the definition of “laying hen” substitute–

“laying hen” means a hen of the species Gallus gallus which has reached laying maturity and is kept for production of eggs not intended for hatching;;

(b)after the definition of “laying hen” insert–

“litter” means any friable material enabling the hens to satisfy their ethological needs;

“nest” means a separate space for egg laying, the floor components of which may not include wire mesh that can come into contact with the birds, for an individual hen or for a group of hens;; and

(c)after the definition of “statutory welfare code” insert–

“usable area” means an area, other than any nesting area, used by laying hens at least 30 cm wide with a floor slope not exceeding 14% and with headroom of at least 45 cm;.

(3) Regulation 4 and Schedule 2 are omitted.

(4) For regulation 5 substitute–

Additional duties on owners and keepers of poultry (other than those kept in the systems referred to in Schedules 3A, 3B and 3C)

5.  Owners and keepers of poultry (other than those kept in the systems referred to in Schedules 3A, 3B and 3C) must ensure that, in addition to the requirements set out in Schedule 1, the conditions under which the birds are kept comply with the requirements set out in Schedule 3..

(5) After regulation 5 insert–

Additional duties on owners and keepers of laying hens

5A.  Owners and keepers of establishments with more than 350 laying hens must ensure that in addition to the requirements set out in Schedule 1, the conditions under which the birds are kept comply with the requirements set out in Schedules 3A, 3B, 3C and 3D..

(6) For regulation 12(a) (powers of entry) substitute–

(a)Council Directive 99/74/EC(2) laying down minimum standards for the protection of laying hens;.

(7) For paragraph 2(3)(a) of Schedule 1 (general conditions – inspection) substitute–

(a)in the case of laying hens kept in all systems, paragraph 1 of Schedule 3D;.

(8) For Schedule 3 substitute–

Regulation 5

SCHEDULE 3ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH POULTRY (OTHER THAN THOSE KEPT IN THE SYSTEMS REFERRED TO IN SCHEDULES 3A, 3B AND 3C) MUST BE KEPT

Where any poultry (other than those kept in the systems referred to in Schedules 3A, 3B and 3C) are kept in a building they must be kept on, or have access at all times to, well-maintained litter or to a well-drained area for resting..

(9) After Schedule 3 insert Schedules 3A, 3B, 3C and 3D as set out in the Schedule to these Regulations.

(2)

O.J. No. L 203, 3.8.99, p.53.

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