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The Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Slaughter and Vaccination) (Scotland) Regulations 2006

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Movement of susceptible animals during phase 3

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3.—(1) During phase 3, no person shall move any susceptible animal within or out of a vaccination zone except for movement wholly within the same premises or movement under the authority of a licence granted by the Scottish Ministers.

(2) The Scottish Ministers shall not grant a licence under sub-paragraph (1) for the movement out of a vaccination zone except where it is for the direct transport of animals from premises classified under regulation 28(1)(b) as free of disease to a slaughterhouse for the purposes of immediate slaughter and it includes the conditions in sub-paragraph (3).

(3) The conditions of this sub-paragraph are that–

(a)the animals do not come into contact with any other susceptible animals during transport; and

(b)the animals are accompanied during transport by a copy of the notice classifying their premises of origin under regulation 28(1)(b), certified as a true copy by an inspector.

(4) The Scottish Ministers shall not grant a licence under this paragraph for the movement of animals within a vaccination zone unless–

(a)it specifies a route to be taken which, in the opinion of the Scottish Ministers, ensures the animals are not exposed to infection during the journey, and either–

(i)the animals concerned are unvaccinated, and the conditions in sub-paragraph (5) have been complied with; or

(ii)the movement of animals is from one part of premises to another part of the same premises using a public highway.

(5) The conditions in this sub-paragraph are that–

(a)the Scottish Ministers have within the previous 24 hours caused to be carried out a clinical examination on every susceptible animal on the premises of origin and have not identified signs of the disease;

(b)every susceptible animal on the premises of origin has been kept there for at least 30 days;

(c)the premises of origin is not in a protection zone or a surveillance zone; and

(d)either

(i)every animal intended for transport has been tested by a veterinary inspector for antibodies against the disease virus after it has been on the premises of origin for a period at least as long as its incubation period with negative results; or

(ii)a serological survey pursuant to a sampling protocol suitable to detect 5% prevalence with at least 95% level of confidence has been completed on the premises of origin with negative result by a veterinary inspector.

(6) The Scottish Ministers shall not grant a licence under this paragraph for the movement of the unvaccinated offspring of a vaccinated dam unless either–

(a)the Scottish Ministers are satisfied that each animal has undergone a serological test by a veterinary inspector for the detection of antibodies against the disease with a negative result; or

(b)the licence is for movement to–

(i)premises within the vaccination zone with the same classification under regulation 28 (1) (b);

(ii)a slaughterhouse for immediate slaughter; or

(iii)other specified premises in which case sub-paragraph (7) applies; or

(c)the licence is for the movement of animals from one part of premises to another part of the same premises using a public highway.

(7) Where this sub-paragraph applies, during phase 3 no person shall move any animal moved to specified premises from those premises except for–

(a)movement to a slaughterhouse for immediate slaughter; or

(b)movement from one part of premises to another part of the same premises using a public highway under the authority of a licence granted by the Scottish Ministers.

(8) The occupier of any slaughterhouse to which susceptible animals are transported under the authority of a licence granted under this paragraph from premises classified as free of disease under regulation 28(1)(b) shall ensure that–

(a)during the 24 hours before slaughter each animal undergoes an ante-mortem health check at the slaughterhouse; and

(b)at the slaughterhouse, the transported animals do not come into contact with other animals.

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