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The Prohibited Procedures on Protected Animals (Exemptions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007

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Regulations 2 and 3

SCHEDULE 1Bovine animals

ProcedurePurposeCondition
Freeze brandingIdentification
TattooingIdentification
Ear taggingIdentification
Micro chippingIdentification
VasectomyControlling reproduction or general animal management
CastrationControlling reproduction or general animal management
SpayingControlling reproduction or general animal management
Embryo transferControlling reproduction or general animal management
Nose ringingHandler safety or herd welfare
DehorningHandler safety or herd welfare
DisbuddingHandler safety or herd welfare
Supernumerary teat removalAnimal health

Regulations 2 and 3

SCHEDULE 2Pigs

ProcedurePurposeCondition
TattooingIdentification
Ear taggingIdentification
Ear notchingIdentification
Micro chippingIdentification
VasectomyControlling reproduction or general animal management
SpayingControlling reproduction or general animal management
CastrationControlling reproduction or general animal management

May only be performed by means which do not involve the tearing of tissues.

If castration is carried out after the seventh day of life it shall only be performed under anaesthetic and additional prolonged analgesia.

Where the person performing the procedure is not a veterinary surgeon that person must be trained in accordance with the Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Regulations 2000(1).

Embryo transferControlling reproduction or general animal management
Tusk trimmingHandler safety or herd welfareWhere the person performing the procedure is not a veterinary surgeon that person must be trained in accordance with the Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Regulations 2000.
DockingHandler safety or herd welfare

May only be performed where–

(a)

the pig is a farmed pig kept on agricultural land;

(b)

other measures to improve environmental conditions or management systems have been taken in order to prevent tail biting but there is still evidence of injury to the tails of other pigs; and

(c)

the procedure is performed by the quick and complete severance of the part of the tail to be removed.

If docking is carried out after the seventh day of life it shall only be performed under anaesthetic and additional prolonged analgesia.

Where the person performing the procedure is not a veterinary surgeon that person must be trained in accordance with the Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Regulations 2000.

Uniform reduction of the corner teethHerd welfare

May only be performed where–

(a)

the pig is a farmed pig kept on agricultural land;

(b)

the pig is less then eight days old;

(c)

other measures to improve environmental conditions or management systems have been taken in order to prevent tail biting but there is still evidence of injury to sows' teats or to the ears or tails of other pigs; and

(d)

the reduction is performed by grinding or clipping leaving an intact smooth surface.

Where the person performing the procedure is not a veterinary surgeon that person must be trained in accordance with the Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Regulations 2000.

Nose ringingGeneral animal management

May only be performed on a pig which is not intended to be kept continuously in an indoor husbandry system.

Where the person performing the procedure is not a veterinary surgeon that person must be trained in accordance with the Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Regulations 2000.

Regulations 2 and 3

SCHEDULE 3Birds

ProcedurePurposeCondition
Micro chippingIdentification
Beak trimmingFlock welfare

May only be performed on poultry.

May only be performed–

(a)

if carried out as a single procedure, provided no more than a one third part of both the upper and lower beaks, measured from the tip towards the entrance to the nostrils, is removed; or

(b)

provided no more than a one third part of the upper beak only, measured as above, is removed.

In either case any subsequent haemorrhage from the beak must be arrested by cauterization.

Beak trimming may only be performed where a veterinary surgeon considers the beak trimming to be necessary to prevent feather pecking or cannibalism and measures to improve the environmental conditions have been taken.

Beak trimming of laying hens may only be performed on birds aged 10 days or less kept in flocks of 350 or more birds.

Beak trimming of laying hens may only be performed until 31st December 2010.

De-snoodingGeneral animal managementMay only be performed on turkeys
Cutting of the toesGeneral animal managementMay only be performed on poultry other than laying hens
DubbingGeneral animal managementMay only be performed on domestic fowls other than laying hens
PinioningGeneral animal managementMay be performed on any bird other than poultry
LaparoscopyGeneral animal management

Regulations 2 and 3

SCHEDULE 4Sheep

ProcedurePurposeCondition
TattooingIdentification
Ear taggingIdentification
Ear notchingIdentification
Micro chippingIdentification
VasectomyControlling reproduction or general animal management
CastrationControlling reproduction or general animal management
SpayingControlling reproduction or general animal management
Embryo transferControlling reproduction or general animal management
DehorningHandler safety or flock welfare
DisbuddingHandler safety or flock welfare
DockingAnimal health

May only be performed where–

(a)

the sheep is a farmed sheep kept on agricultural land; and

(b)

sufficient tail is retained to cover the vulva in the case of female sheep and the anus in the case of male sheep.

Regulations 2 and 3

SCHEDULE 5Goats

ProcedurePurposeCondition
TattooingIdentification
Ear taggingIdentification
Ear notchingIdentification
Micro chippingIdentification
VasectomyControlling reproduction or general animal management
CastrationControlling reproduction or general animal management
SpayingControlling reproduction or general animal management
Embryo transferControlling reproduction or general animal management
DehorningHandler safety or herd welfare
DisbuddingHandler safety or herd welfare

Regulations 2 and 3

SCHEDULE 6Equine Animals

ProcedurePurposeCondition
Freeze brandingIdentification
Hot brandingIdentificationMay only be performed subject to, and in accordance with, any authorisation granted or determined by the Scottish Ministers under regulations 4 and 5.
TattooingIdentification
Micro chippingIdentification
VasectomyControlling reproduction or general animal management
CastrationControlling reproduction or general animal management
SpayingControlling reproduction or general animal management
Embryo transferControlling reproduction or general animal management

Regulations 2 and 3

SCHEDULE 7Deer

ProcedurePurposeCondition
TattooingIdentification
Ear taggingIdentification
Ear notchingIdentification
Micro chippingIdentification
VasectomyControlling reproduction or general animal management
CastrationControlling reproduction or general animal management
SpayingControlling reproduction or general animal management
Embryo transferControlling reproduction or general animal management
Antler removalHandler safety or herd welfare

May only be performed where–

(a)

the deer is a farmed deer; and

(b)

the velvet is frayed and the greater part of it shed.

Regulations 2 and 3

SCHEDULE 8Cats

ProcedurePurposeCondition
Ear tippingIdentificationMay only be performed on feral cats.
Micro chippingIdentification
TattooingIdentification
VasectomyControlling reproduction or general animal management
CastrationControlling reproduction or general animal management
SpayingControlling reproduction or general animal management

Regulations 2 and 3

SCHEDULE 9Dogs

ProcedurePurposeCondition
Micro chippingIdentification
TattooingIdentification
VasectomyControlling reproduction or general animal management
CastrationControlling reproduction or general animal management
SpayingControlling reproduction or general animal management
Embryo transferControlling reproduction or general animal management
Amputation of dew clawsGeneral animal management

Regulations 2 and 3

SCHEDULE 10Fish

ProcedurePurposeCondition
Chemical brandingIdentification
Freeze brandingIdentification
Pit taggingIdentification
Micro chippingIdentification
Removal or perforation of parts of the fins, adipose fins or fin raysIdentification
Removal of fish scalesAge determination or stock management

Regulations 2 and 3

SCHEDULE 11Reptiles

ProcedurePurposeCondition
Micro chippingIdentification
LaparoscopyGeneral animal management

Regulations 2 and 3

SCHEDULE 12Any other kind of animal

ProcedurePurposeCondition
Micro chippingIdentification
TattooingIdentification
VasectomyControlling reproduction
CastrationControlling reproduction
SpayingControlling reproduction
Embryo transferControlling reproduction

Regulation 6

SCHEDULE 13Revocations

Column 1Column 2Column 3
Legislation revokedReferencesExtent of revocations
The Welfare of Livestock (Prohibited Operations) Regulations 1982S.I. 1982/1884, amended by S.I. 1987/114The whole Regulations.
The Welfare of Livestock (Prohibited Operations) (Amendment) Regulations 1987S.I. 1987/114The whole Regulations.
The Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Regulations 2000S.S.I. 2000/442, amended by SSI 2002/334 and 2003/448

Schedule 3D, paragraphs 8 and 9.

Schedule 6, Part II, paragraphs 19 to 26.

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