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The Animals and Animal Products (Import and Export) (England) Regulations 2006

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6.—(1) No person shall import from another member State (either for entry into the UK or by way of transit to another member State) any animal or animal product subject to an instrument in Part I of Schedule 3 unless it complies with the relevant provisions of that instrument (subject to any derogations specified in that Part) and with any additional requirements specified in that Part.

(2) Where an animal subject to an instrument in Part I of Schedule 3 is imported from another member State (either for entry into the UK or by way of transit to another member State), the importer, and the person in charge of the animal, if different, shall comply with all the relevant provisions of that instrument until it arrives at its place of destination or leaves England, as the case may be.

(3) Where cattle, pigs, sheep or goats are imported from another member State for slaughter in England and are taken to an approved assembly centre (“the centre”), the importer shall ensure that they are removed from the centre directly to a slaughterhouse and slaughtered there, in the case of sheep and goats within 5 days of their arrival at the centre, and in the case of cattle and pigs within 3 days of their arrival at the centre.

(4) Where an animal to which paragraph (3) relates is not slaughtered within the specified period, an inspector may, by notice served on the person appearing to him to be in charge of the animal, require the animal to be slaughtered as may be specified in the notice.

(5) Where an animal is imported from another member State for slaughter, other than an animal taken to an approved assembly centre, it must be taken directly and without undue delay to a slaughterhouse, and if it is not taken directly and without undue delay to a slaughterhouse, an inspector may, by notice served on the person appearing to him to be in charge of the animal, require the animal to be taken to such slaughterhouse as may be specified in the notice.

(6) If a notice served under either paragraph (4) or (5) is not complied with, an inspector may seize the animal and arrange for the requirements of the notice to be complied with.

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