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Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 1972

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Section 14(1)(a).


1N.I.Any experiment duly authorised under[F1 the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986].

2N.I.The making of injections or extractions by means of a hollow needle.

3N.I.The rendering in emergency of first aid for the purpose of saving life or relieving pain.

4N.I.Any minor operation performed by a veterinary surgeon, being an operation which by reason of its quickness or painlessness is customarily so performed without the use of an anaesthetic.

5N.I.Any minor operation, whether performed by a veterinary surgeon or by some other person, being an operation which is not customarily performed only by such a surgeon.

6N.I.Tail docking—

(i)in the case of dogs, before their eyes are open;

(ii)in the case of pigs, before the[F2 eighth day] of life;

(iii)in the case of lambs either—

(a)by the application of a rubber ring or other constricting device before the second week of life; or

(b)by any other means before the age of three months.

F2SR 1983/309


(i)by the application of a rubber ring or other constricting device to a calf, goat, pig or lamb before the second week of life;

[F3(ii)by any other means—

(a)in the case of a calf or goat, before the age of two months;

[F4(b)in the case of a pig, before the age of eight days; and]

(c)in the case of a lamb, before the age of three months.]

F3SR 1995/173

F4SR 2003/380

[F58N.I.The disbudding of calves by chemical cauterisation applied before the second week of life.]

F5SR 1996/514

9N.I.The amputation of the dew claws of a dog before its eyes are open.


Schedule 2—Repeals

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