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The Welfare of Animals (Transport) Order 1997

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Article 4(4)

SCHEDULE 3

PART IADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF MEANS OF TRANSPORT AND RECEPTACLES OF POULTRY AND DOMESTIC BIRDS AND DOMESTIC RABBITS

Ventilation

1.  Means of transport and receptacles shall be constructed, maintained, operated and positioned to provide adequate ventilation and air space.

Special provisions for receptacles

2.  Receptacles in which animals are transported shall be constructed and maintained so that they allow for appropriate inspection and care of the animals.

3.  Receptacles in which animals are carried shall be of such a size as to protect the animals from injury or unnecessary suffering during transport.

4.  Receptacles in which birds are transported shall be constructed and maintained so that they prevent any protrusion of the heads, legs or wings from them.

5.  Birds shall not be carried in a sack or bag.

PART IIADDITIONAL PROVISIONS FOR THE TRANSPORT OF POULTRY AND DOMESTIC BIRDS AND DOMESTIC RABBITS

Lifting of birds

6.  Birds shall not be lifted or carried by the head, neck, wing or tail except for—

(a)ducks, which may be lifted or carried by the neck, and

(b)geese, which may be lifted or carried by the base of both wings.

Tying of birds

7.  Birds shall not be tied by the neck, leg or wing.

Segregation of rabbits

8.  Rabbits shall not be carried in the same undivided pen, receptacle, road vehicle or rail wagon as an animal of any other species.

Segregation of birds

9.  (1)  Birds shall be segregated according to species and sex, except that—

(a)female birds may be transported with their broods;

(b)male and female chicks may be transported together; and

(c)male and female birds which are familiar with one another may travel together.

(2) Chicks shall be segregated from all other poultry except their mother or other chicks.

(3) Birds shall not be transported in proximity to any animal which is likely to be hostile to them or the presence of which is likely to cause them unnecessary suffering.

10.  In this Schedule “birds” means poultry and domestic birds.

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