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The Zoo Licensing Act 1981 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2002

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Amendment of the Zoo Licensing Act 1981

24.  In section 19 (offences and penalties)—

(a)after subsection (3) insert the following subsections—

(3A) Any person who intentionally obstructs a person duly authorised for the purposes of section 16G(1) or (3) and acting pursuant to that authorisation is guilty of an offence.

(3B) If the holder of a licence for a zoo fails without reasonable excuse to comply with a requirement in a direction under section 16A(2)(d) to close the zoo or a section of it to the public in accordance with the direction, he is guilty of an offence.

(3C) If any person notified in writing of a zoo closure direction pursuant to section 19A(1) or (2) fails without reasonable excuse to comply with that direction he is guilty of an offence.

(3D) If the operator of a zoo fails without reasonable excuse to comply with a local authority’s request for information under section 16E(3), he is guilty of an offence.

(3E) If, contrary to section 16E(5), the operator of a zoo without reasonable excuse and without the agreement of the authority disposes of any animal kept in the zoo—

(a)before a plan prepared under section 16E(2) has been approved by the authority; or

(b)otherwise than in accordance with such a plan which has been approved by the authority,

he is guilty of an offence.

(3F) If the operator of a zoo fails without reasonable excuse to comply with a direction under section 16E(6) of which he is notified in writing pursuant to section 19A(1), he is guilty of an offence.

(3G) If, contrary to section 4(8), the holder of a licence for a zoo fails without reasonable excuse to display the zoo licence or a copy of it publicly at each public entrance to the zoo, he is guilty of an offence.; and

(b)in subsection (4)—

(i)for “or (2)” substitute “, (2), (3A), (3B), (3C), (3E), or (3F)”, and

(ii)at the end of the subsection insert “, (3D) or (3G)”.

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