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Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 1972

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2Regulations with respect to the welfare of livestock.N.I.

(1)The Ministry may, after consultation with such persons appearing to it to represent any interests concerned as the Ministry considers appropriate, by regulations make such provision with respect to the welfare of livestock for the time being situated on agricultural land as it thinks fit; and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing provisions of this section the regulations may in particular include provision—

(a)with respect to the dimensions and layout of accommodation for livestock, the materials to be used in constructing any such accommodation and the facilities by way of lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation, drainage, water supply and otherwise to be provided in connection with any accommodation;

(b)for ensuring the provision of balanced diets for livestock and for prohibiting or regulating the use of any substance as food for livestock and the sale and supply of any substance intended for use as food for livestock;

(c)for prohibiting the bleeding of livestock and the mutilation of livestock in any manner specified in the regulations, and for prohibiting or regulating the use of any method of marking or restraining livestock or interfering with the capacity of livestock to smell, see, hear, emit sound or exercise any other faculty;

[F1(ca)for prohibiting or regulating the movement of livestock;

(cb)for requiring such information as may be prescribed to be made available to persons concerned with livestock by such persons as may be prescribed;

(cc)for ensuring that persons concerned with livestock are aware of any codes under section 3;]

(d)that a person who contravenes specified provisions of the regulations shall be guilty of an offence under this section.

(2)Regulations made under this section shall be subject to negative resolution.

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