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The Bluetongue (Scotland) Order 2003

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2.—(1) In this Order–

the Act” means the Animal Health Act 1981;

“animal” means a ruminating animal;

“carcase” means the carcase of a ruminating animal;

“confirmation of disease” means a declaration by the Chief Veterinary Officer under article 10(1);

“the Directive” means Council Directive 2000/75/EC of 20th November 2000 laying down specific provisions for the control and eradication of bluetongue(1);

“diseased” means affected with bluetongue;

“Divisional Veterinary Manager” means a veterinary inspector authorised by the Scottish Ministers to receive information about animals or carcases diseased or suspected of being diseased for the area in which such animals or carcases are situated;

“embryo” means the embryo of a ruminating animal;

“keeper” means any person having ownership of, or charged with keeping animals, whether or not for financial return;

“ovum” means the ovum of a ruminating animal;

“premises” includes land, vehicles, vessels and aircraft, but does not include a place used only as a dwelling;

“semen” means the semen of a ruminating animal;

“sentinel animals” means animals which do not have antibodies to bluetongue and which are used for surveillance for it;

“thing” includes a carcase, embryo, ovum, semen, fodder, litter, dung, straw, slurry, utensil, pen, hurdle, vehicle, equipment and clothing;

“vector” means an insect of the species Culicoides imicola or any other insect of the genus Culicoides which, in the opinion of the Chief Veterinary Officer, is capable of transmitting bluetongue;

“vessel” has the meaning given to “ship” by section 170 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995(2).

(2) Any determination, authorisation, licence, notice or direction under this Order shall be in writing, may be subject to conditions and may be amended, suspended or revoked by notice in writing at any time and any declaration under this Order shall be in writing and may be amended, suspended or revoked by notice in writing at any time.

(3) Unless the context otherwise requires, any reference in this Order to a numbered article or paragraph is a reference to the article or paragraph of the article so numbered in this Order.

(1)

O.J. No. L 327, 22.12.2000, p.74.

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