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The Prohibited Procedures on Protected Animals (Exemptions) (Scotland) Regulations 2010

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Regulation 3

SCHEDULE 2Pigs

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Procedure

Purpose

TattooingIdentification
Ear taggingIdentification
Ear notchingIdentification
Micro chippingIdentification
VasectomyControlling reproduction or general animal management
Implantation of a subcutaneous contraceptive into a non-farmed pigControlling reproduction or general animal management, as part of a conservation programme
Embryo and ovum transferControlling reproduction or general animal management
Tusk trimmingHandler safety or herd welfare
Docking of farmed pigs kept on agricultural landHandler safety or herd welfare
Conditions
1) The procedure may only be performed—
(a)where there is evidence that injuries to the tails of other pigs have occurred and where other measures to improve environmental conditions or management systems have been taken in order to prevent tail-biting; and
(b)by the quick and complete severance of the part of the tail to be removed.
2) Where pigs are older than 7 days of age the procedure must be performed under anaesthetic and additional prolonged analgesia and only by a veterinary surgeon.
Uniform reduction of the corner teeth of farmed piglets kept on agricultural land aged 7 days or less by grinding or clipping to leave an intact smooth surfaceHerd welfare
Condition
The procedure may only be performed where there is evidence of injuries to sows’ teats or to other pigs’ ears or tails and when other measures have been taken to prevent tail-biting and other vices have been exhausted.
Nose ringingGeneral animal management
Condition
Nose rings must not be put in animals kept continuously in indoor husbandry systems.
CastrationControlling reproduction or general animal management.
Conditions
1) Castration may only be performed by means other than the tearing of tissues.
2) Where pigs are older than 7 days of age the procedure must be performed under anaesthetic and additional prolonged analgesia and only by a veterinary surgeon.

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