Part 2Animal welfare

Promotion of welfare

30Sale of animals to children

(1)A person (“person A”) commits an offence if person A sells an animal to a person (“person B”) who is under 16 years of age.

(2)It is a defence to a charge of an offence under subsection (1) for person A to demonstrate that person A—

(a)having been shown convincing evidence (for example, a passport or a photocard driving licence) of person B’s identity and age, or

(b)having no reasonable cause to suspect from person B’s appearance that person B was under 16 years of age,

believed that person B was aged 16 years or over.

(3)For the purposes of subsection (1), selling an animal includes transferring, or agreeing to transfer, ownership of the animal in consideration of entry by the transferee into another transaction.