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Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006

Section 31 – Offering animals as prizes

153.This section creates an offence where a person offers or gives another person an animal as a prize with the only exception being where the prize is given within a family context. Under the Act it is an offence to offer or give goldfish in bags at funfairs. However, where a parent decides to give a dog to their child as a prize for success in exams or at a family event, that would not constitute an offence.

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