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Animal Welfare Act 2006

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Introductory

    1. 1.Animals to which the Act applies

    2. 2.“Protected animal”

    3. 3.Responsibility for animals

  3. Prevention of harm

    1. 4.Unnecessary suffering

    2. 5.Mutilation

    3. 6.Docking of dogs' tails

    4. 7.Administration of poisons etc.

    5. 8.Fighting etc.

  4. Promotion of welfare

    1. 9.Duty of person responsible for animal to ensure welfare

    2. 10.Improvement notices

    3. 11.Transfer of animals by way of sale or prize to persons under 16

    4. 12.Regulations to promote welfare

  5. Licensing and registration

    1. 13.Licensing or registration of activities involving animals

  6. Codes of practice

    1. 14.Codes of practice

    2. 15.Making and approval of codes of practice: England

    3. 16.Making of codes of practice: Wales

    4. 17.Revocation of codes of practice

  7. Animals in distress

    1. 18.Powers in relation to animals in distress

    2. 19.Power of entry for section 18 purposes

    3. 20.Orders in relation to animals taken under section 18(5)

    4. 21.Orders under section 20: appeals

  8. Enforcement powers

    1. 22.Seizure of animals involved in fighting offences

    2. 23.Entry and search under warrant in connection with offences

    3. 24.Entry for purposes of arrest

    4. 25.Inspection of records required to be kept by holder of licence

    5. 26.Inspection in connection with licences

    6. 27.Inspection in connection with registration

    7. 28.Inspection of farm premises

    8. 29.Inspection relating to Community obligations

  9. Prosecutions

    1. 30.Power of local authority to prosecute offences

    2. 31.Time limits for prosecutions

  10. Post-conviction powers

    1. 32.Imprisonment or fine

    2. 33.Deprivation

    3. 34.Disqualification

    4. 35.Seizure of animals in connection with disqualification

    5. 36.Section 35: supplementary

    6. 37.Destruction in the interests of the animal

    7. 38.Destruction of animals involved in fighting offences

    8. 39.Reimbursement of expenses relating to animals involved in fighting offences

    9. 40.Forfeiture of equipment used in offences

    10. 41.Orders under section 33, 35, 37, 38 or 40: pending appeals

    11. 42.Orders with respect to licences

    12. 43.Termination of disqualification under section 34 or 42

    13. 44.Orders made on conviction for reimbursement of expenses

    14. 45.Orders for reimbursement of expenses: right of appeal for non-offenders

  11. Scotland

    1. 46.Effect in Scotland of disqualification under section 34

    2. 47.Deprivation orders in connection with offence under section 46(2)

    3. 48.Seizure orders where disqualification breached: Scotland

    4. 49.Appeals against deprivation orders and seizure orders

    5. 50.Deprivation orders, seizure orders and interim orders: offences

  12. General

    1. 51.Inspectors

    2. 52.Conditions for grant of warrant

    3. 53.Powers of entry, inspection and search: supplementary

    4. 54.Power to stop and detain vehicles

    5. 55.Power to detain vessels, aircraft and hovercraft

    6. 56.Obtaining of documents in connection with carrying out orders etc.

    7. 57.Offences by bodies corporate

    8. 58.Scientific research

    9. 59.Fishing

    10. 60.Crown application

    11. 61.Orders and regulations

    12. 62.General interpretation

    13. 63.Financial provisions

    14. 64.Minor and consequential amendments

    15. 65.Repeals

    16. 66.Transition

    17. 67.Extent

    18. 68.Commencement

    19. 69.Short title

    1. Schedule 1

      Regulations under section 13

      1. Part 1 Licences for the purposes of the section

      2. Part 2 Registration for the purposes of the section

      3. Part 3 Supplementary

    2. Schedule 2

      Powers of entry, inspection and search: supplementary

    3. Schedule 3

      Minor and consequential amendments

    4. Schedule 4

      Repeals

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