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Animal Health Act 1981

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(introduced by section 32E)

[F1SCHEDULE 3ASPower of slaughter for preventing spread of disease: Scotland

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Cattle plagueS

1With a view to preventing the spread of cattle plague, the Scottish Ministers may, if they think fit, cause any animals to be slaughtered.S

Pleuro-pneumoniaS

2With a view to preventing the spread of pleuro-pneumonia, the Scottish Ministers may, if they think fit, cause any cattle to be slaughtered.S

Foot-and-mouth diseaseS

3With a view to preventing the spread of foot-and-mouth disease, the Scottish Ministers may, if they think fit, cause any animals to be slaughtered.S

Swine-feverS

4With a view to preventing the spread of swine-fever, the Scottish Ministers may, if they think fit, cause any swine to be slaughtered.S

Diseases of poultryS

5With a view to preventing the spread of diseases of poultry, the Scottish Ministers may, if they think fit, cause any animals or birds to be slaughtered.S

Additional power of slaughterS

6(1)With a view to preventing the spread of such disease of animals as the Scottish Ministers may by order specify, the Scottish Ministers may, if they think fit, cause to be slaughtered any animals, birds or amphibians of such description as they may so specify.S

(2)A specification of animals under sub-paragraph (1) may include any kind of mammal (except man).

(3)In sub-paragraph (1), “disease” is not restricted by its definition in this Act.

Exercise of powers of slaughterS

7The Scottish Ministers may, in relation to a disease, exercise a power of slaughter conferred by paragraphs 1 to 6 whether or not the animals, birds or amphibians concerned—S

(a)are affected with the disease or suspected of being affected with the disease;

(b)are or have been in contact with animals, birds or amphibians affected with the disease;

(c)have been in any way exposed to the disease; or

(d)have been treated with serum or vaccine (or both) against the disease.

CompensationS

8(1)The Scottish Ministers must pay compensation, of such amount as they may prescribe by order, in respect of—S

(a)any animals slaughtered under paragraphs 1 to 5; and

(b)any animals—

(i)of any kind to which a power of slaughter under those paragraphs relates; and

(ii)which are slaughtered by virtue of paragraph 6.

(2)An order under sub-paragraph (1) may make different provision for different cases or classes of case.

(3)An order under sub-paragraph (1) is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of the Scottish Parliament.

OrdersS

9(1)No order is made under paragraph 6 unless a draft of the order has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, the Scottish Parliament.S

(2)But where the Scottish Ministers are of the opinion that there exists—

(a)an outbreak of a disease of animals not specified in or by virtue of paragraphs 1 to 6; or

(b)some other emergency relating to a disease of animals,

sub-paragraph (1) does not apply in relation to the making of an order under paragraph 6.

(3)Where sub-paragraph (2) applies, an order made accordingly (an “emergency order”)—

(a)is to be laid before the Scottish Parliament; and

(b)ceases to have effect at the expiry of a period of 28 days beginning with the date on which it was made unless, before the expiry of that period, the order has been approved by a resolution of the Parliament.

(4)However, paragraph (b) of sub-paragraph (3) does not apply in relation to an order which—

(a)revokes (wholly or partly) an emergency order; and

(b)does nothing else, or nothing else except make provision incidental or supplementary to the revocation.

(5)In reckoning for the purposes of sub-paragraph (3)(b) any period of 28 days, no account is to be taken of any period during which the Scottish Parliament is—

(a)dissolved; or

(b)in recess for more than 4 days.

(6)Sub-paragraph (3)(b) is without prejudice to anything previously done by reference to an emergency order or to the making of a new emergency order.

(7)An emergency order must include a description of the emergency in relation to which the order is made.

(8)In sub-paragraph (2), “disease” is not restricted by its definition in this Act.]

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