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(1)The Minister of Food, if he considers it expedient so to do having regard to any arrangement made by him for the purchase of livestock produced in the United Kingdom, may by regulations provide (subject to such exceptions, if any, as may be specified in the regulations) for the marking of livestock imported or brought into the United Kingdom or any class or description thereof.
(2)If any person—
(a)contravenes or fails to comply with any regulations made under the preceding subsection ; or
(b)with intent to deceive, alters or defaces any mark placed on an animal for the purposes of such regulations;
he shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty pounds or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months, or to both such fine and such imprisonment.
(3)The Minister of Food, if he considers it expedient so to do having regard to any such arrangement, may also by regulations—
(a)determine the times and places at which livestock or any class or description thereof may be imported or brought into the United Kingdom from Eire or the Isle of Man;
(b)make provision as to the routes to be followed by livestock so imported or brought or any class or description thereof, and as to their detention for inspection;
and any regulations made under this subsection may contain such provisions as appear to the said Minister to be necessary for securing the due operation and enforcement of the regulations, including provisions as to the forfeiture of livestock. Sums retained out of the proceeds of any sale of livestock forfeited under any such provision as aforesaid shall be paid into the Exchequer.
(4)In this section the expression " livestock " means cattle, sheep and swine.
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