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(1)No United Kingdom national [F1, and no non-national on a British expedition,] may in Antarctica—
(a)intentionally kill, injure, capture, handle or molest any native mammal or native bird,
(b)while on foot intentionally disturb a breeding or moulting native bird, or a concentration of native mammals or native birds,
(c)use a vehicle, vessel or aircraft in a manner that disturbs a concentration of native mammals or native birds,
(d)use explosives or firearms in such a manner,
(e)remove or damage such quantities of any native plant [F2or native invertebrate] that its local distribution or abundance will be significantly affected,
(f)significantly damage a concentration of native plants, or
(g)do anything that is likely to cause significant damage to the habitat of any native mammal, bird, plant or invertebrate,
except in accordance with a permit granted under section 12 or under the written authorisation of another Contracting Party.
[F3(1A)Accidental harm occurring in the course of—
(a)normal operations of a vessel, or
(b)the activity of fishing for profit,
shall not be regarded as a contravention of subsection (1)(e), (f) or (g).]
(2)Any person who contravenes subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence.
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