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The African Swine Fever (Scotland) Order 2003

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Article 11(3)

SCHEDULE 1MEASURES WHICH APPLY IN PROTECTION AND SURVEILLANCE ZONES

PART IMeasures which apply in a protection zone

Movement Restrictions

1.  Subject to paragraph 3 below, no person may move or transport any pig on any public or private road (other than, when necessary, the service roads within a holding) within a protection zone.

2.  Subject to paragraph 3 below, no person may move out of a protection zone any vehicle which has been used to transport any pig within that zone, unless–

(a)that vehicle has been cleansed and disinfected and, if necessary, an acaricide has been applied under the direction and supervision of an inspector; and

(b)the movement has been authorised by an inspector.

3.  The prohibitions in paragraphs 1 and 2 above shall not apply–

(a)if the movement is a licensed movement in accordance with paragraph 6;

(b)to the transport of any pig which is loaded on to a vehicle or train outside that protection zone and is transported through that zone by means of an uninterrupted journey without the vehicle or train being loaded or unloaded;

(c)to the movement or transport of any pig from outside that protection zone, with a view to immediate slaughter in a slaughterhouse situated inside that zone, provided that movement or transport has been licensed by a veterinary inspector or an inspector acting under the direction of a veterinary inspector.

4.  The occupier of a holding within a protection zone shall ensure that no other species of domestic animal enters or leaves that holding unless authorised to do so by a licence issued by a veterinary inspector or an inspector acting under the direction of a veterinary inspector.

5.  No person shall remove any pig semen, or the ovum or embryo of a pig from a holding, slaughterhouse, knacker’s yard or other place within a protection zone.

6.  Where an infected area has been established following confirmation of the disease upon a holding, no person shall move any pig off that holding for at least 40 days after the completion of the preliminary cleansing and disinfection of, and any application of an acaricide to, that holding. Thereafter no person shall so move any pig unless licensed to do so by a veterinary inspector or an inspector acting under the direction of a veterinary inspector.

7.  Where–

(a)a holding has been within a protection zone for longer than 40 days as a result of further outbreaks of the disease within that zone; and

(b)this has given rise to welfare or other problems in keeping pigs on the holding,

pigs may be moved off that holding provided that any such movement is authorised by a licence issued by a veterinary inspector or an inspector acting under the direction of a veterinary inspector.

Reduction of periods of waiting

8.  If the Chief Veterinary Officer is satisfied following a sampling and testing programme that the disease no longer exists on any premises, the period of 40 days referred to in paragraphs 6 and 7 may by notice be reduced to 30 days.

Notification of dead or diseased pigs on a holding or other place

9.  The occupier of any holding, slaughterhouse, knacker’s yard or other place within a protection zone shall notify the Divisional Veterinary Manager about any dead or diseased pig on those premises.

Bio security

10.  The person in charge of any vehicle or equipment used for the transport of any pig or other livestock, or of material which may have been contaminated with the virus (including carcases, feeding stuffs, manure, slurry, utensils or waste) shall ensure that that vehicle or equipment is cleansed and disinfected as soon as possible after use and before it is used again under the direction and supervision of a veterinary inspector or an inspector acting under the direction of a veterinary inspector.

11.  No person shall enter or leave any holding, slaughterhouse, knacker’s yard or other place within a protection zone wearing clothing or footwear which is visibly contaminated with mud, slurry, animal faeces, droppings or excretions or any other similar matter unless that person cleanses and disinfects the outer surfaces of that clothing or footwear on entering or leaving those premises.

PART IIMeasures which apply in a surveillance zone

Movement restrictions

12.  Subject to paragraph 14, no person shall move or transport any pig on any public or private road (other than, where necessary, the service roads of holdings) within a surveillance zone unless licensed to do so by a veterinary inspector or by an inspector acting under the direction of a veterinary inspector.

13.  Subject to paragraph 14, no person shall move any vehicle from a surveillance zone if it has been used to transport pigs, unless it has first been cleansed and disinfected, and, if necessary, an acaricide has been applied.

14.  The prohibition in paragraphs 12 and 13 shall not apply–

(a)to the transport of any pig which is loaded on to a vehicle or train outside that surveillance zone and is transported through that zone by means of an uninterrupted journey without that vehicle or train being loaded or unloaded in that zone; or

(b)to the movement or transport of any pig from outside that surveillance zone with a view to immediate slaughter in a slaughterhouse within that one, provided that movement or transport has been licensed by a veterinary inspector or an inspector acting under the direction of a veterinary inspector.

15.  The occupier of any holding within a surveillance zone shall ensure that no other species of domestic animal enters or leaves that holding within seven days of the establishment of that zone unless licensed to do so by an inspector.

16.  No person shall remove any pig semen, or the ovum or embryo of a pig from a holding, slaughterhouse, knacker’s yard or other place within a surveillance zone.

Movement of pigs

17.  Where an infected area has been established following confirmation of the disease on a holding, until that holding has been cleansed and disinfected no person shall move any pig off any other holding in the surveillance zone forming part of that infected area for at least 30 days after such cleansing and disinfection. Thereafter no person shall move any pig off any other holding in the surveillance zone unless licensed to do so by a veterinary inspector or an inspector acting under the direction of a veterinary inspector.

18.  Where–

(a)a holding has been within a surveillance zone for more than 40 days as a result of further outbreaks of the disease within that zone; and

(b)this has given rise to welfare or other problems in keeping pigs on the holding,

pigs may be moved off that holding provided that the movement is licensed by a veterinary inspector or an inspector acting under the direction of a veterinary inspector.

Reduction of periods of waiting

19.  If the Chief Veterinary Officer is satisfied following a sampling and testing programme that the disease no longer exists on any premises, the period of 30 days referred to in paragraph 17 and the period of 40 days referred to in paragraph 18 may by notice be reduced to 21 days and 30 days respectively.

Bio security

20.  The person in charge of any vehicle or equipment used to transport any pig, other livestock, or material which may be contaminated with the virus (including carcases, feeding stuffs, manure, slurry, utensils and waste) shall ensure that the vehicle or equipment is cleansed and disinfected as soon as possible after use and before it is used again in accordance with the directions of a veterinary inspector or an inspector acting under the direction of a veterinary inspector.

21.  No person shall enter or leave any holding, slaughterhouse, knacker’s yard or other place within the surveillance zone wearing clothing or footwear which is visibly contaminated with mud, slurry, animal faeces, droppings or excretions or any other similar matter unless that person cleanses and disinfects the outer surfaces of that clothing or footwear on entering or leaving those premises.

Notification of dead or diseased pigs on a holding, slaughterhouse, knacker’s yard or other place

22.  The occupier of any holding, slaughterhouse, knacker’s yard or other place within a surveillance zone shall notify the Divisional Veterinary Manager about any dead or diseased pigs on those premises.

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