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A person shall be guilty of an offence if he knowingly uses or permits the use of a rabbit infected with myxomatosis to spread the disease among uninfected rabbits and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty pounds or, if he has been previously convicted of such an offence, a fine not exceeding fifty pounds:
Provided that this section shall not render unlawful [F1any procedure duly authorised under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986].
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