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The Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing (Scotland) Regulations 2012

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19.—(1) An authorised person may, on producing a duly authenticated authorisation if requested, enter any premises (excluding any premises used only as a dwellinghouse) at any reasonable hour for the purpose of enforcing these Regulations.

(2) In this regulation “premises” means any land, building, shed, pen, receptacle or vehicle, of any description.

(3) The authorised person may be accompanied by such other persons as the authorised person considers necessary, including any representative of the European Commission.

(4) Admission to any premises used only as a dwellinghouse may not be demanded as of right unless the entry is in accordance with a warrant granted under this regulation.

(5) If a sheriff, stipendiary magistrate or justice of the peace, on sworn information in writing, is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for entry into any premises for the purpose of enforcing these Regulations and that—

(a)admission to the premises has been refused, or a refusal is anticipated, and that notice of the intention to apply for a warrant has been given to the occupier; or

(b)an application for admission, or the giving of such notice, would defeat the object of the entry;

(c)the case is one of urgency; or

(d)the premises are unoccupied or the occupier temporarily absent,

the sheriff, stipendiary magistrate or justice may by signed warrant authorise an authorised person, together with any person who may accompany the authorised person under paragraph (3), to enter the premises, if need be by reasonable force.

(6) A warrant granted under this regulation continues in force for one month.

(7) An authorised person who enters any unoccupied premises must leave them as effectively secured against unauthorised entry as they were before entry.

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