- Latest available (Revised)
- Original (As enacted)
There are outstanding changes not yet made by the legislation.gov.uk editorial team to Protection of Animals Act 1934. Any changes that have already been made by the team appear in the content and are referenced with annotations.
Revised legislation carried on this site may not be fully up to date. Changes and effects are recorded by our editorial team in lists which can be found in the ‘Changes to Legislation’ area. Where those effects have yet to be applied to the text of the legislation by the editorial team they are also listed alongside the legislation in the affected provisions. Use the ‘more’ link to open the changes and effects relevant to the provision you are viewing.
An Act to provide further protection to certain animals.
[17th May 1934]
Annotations are used to give authority for changes and other effects on the legislation you are viewing and to convey editorial information. They appear at the foot of the relevant provision or under the associated heading. Annotations are categorised by annotation type, such as F-notes for textual amendments and I-notes for commencement information (a full list can be found in the Editorial Practice Guide). Each annotation is identified by a sequential reference number. For F-notes, M-notes and X-notes, the number also appears in bold superscript at the relevant location in the text. All annotations contain links to the affecting legislation.
Modifications etc. (not altering text)
(1)No person shall promote, or cause or knowingly permit to take place any public performance which includes any episode consisting of or involving—
(a)throwing or casting, with ropes or other appliances, any unbroken horse or untrained bull; or
(b)wrestling, fighting, or struggling with any untrained bull; or
(c)riding, or attempting to ride, any horse or bull which by the use of any appliance or treatment involving cruelty is, or has been, stimulated with the intention of making it buck during the performance;
and no person shall in any public performance take part in any such episode as aforesaid.
(2)For the purposes of proceedings under paragraph (a) or paragraph (b) of the preceding subsection, if an animal appears or is represented to spectators to be unbroken or untrained it shall lie on the defendant to prove that the animal is in fact broken or trained.
In proceedings under paragraph (c) of the said subsection in respect of the use of any such appliance or treatment as is therein mentioned upon a horse before or during a performance, it shall be a defence for the defendant to prove that he did not know, and could not reasonably be expected to know, that the appliance or treatment was to be or was used.
(3)In this section—
the expressions “horse,” and “bull” have, respectively, the same meanings as in the M1Protection of Animals Act, 1911;
the expression “public performance” does not include a performance presented to the public by means of the cinematograph.
(4)In the application of this section to Scotland—
the expression “horse” has the same meaning as in the M2Protection of Animals (Scotland) Act, 1912; and
the expression “bull” means ox as defined in that Act.
If any person contravenes any of the provisions of the foregoing section, he shall be liable upon summary conviction to a fine not exceeding one hundred pounds, or, alternatively, or in addition thereto, to be imprisoned for any term not exceeding three months.
Modifications etc. (not altering text)
(1)This Act may be cited as the Protection of Animals Act, 1934.
(2)This Act shall not extend to Northern Ireland.
Geographical Extent: Indicates the geographical area that this provision applies to. For further information see ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.
Show Timeline of Changes: See how this legislation has or could change over time. Turning this feature on will show extra navigation options to go to these specific points in time. Return to the latest available version by using the controls above in the What Version box.
Click 'View More' or select 'More Resources' tab for additional information including: