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Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Act 2020

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All reference to 'Parts' and 'sections' are from the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Act 2020. For other versions of these Explanatory Notes, see More Resources.

  1. Introduction

  2. The Act

  3. Commentary on Sections

    1. Chapter 1 – Animal welfare, animal health and wildlife: offences and penalties

      1. Animal welfare offences: penalties

        1. Section 1 – Prevention of harm to animals: penalties for offences

        2. Section 2 – Fixed penalty notices for certain animal welfare offences

      2. Protecting police dogs etc. from unnecessary suffering

        1. Section 3 – Harming a service animal

      3. Animal welfare offences: disqualification orders

        1. Section 4 – Disqualification orders

        2. Section 5 – Disqualification orders: further provision

      4. Animal health offences: penalties

        1. Section 6 – Fixed penalty notices for offences relating to animal health

      5. Wildlife offences: penalties

        1. Section 7 – Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981: penalties for offences

        2. Section 8 – Protection of Badgers Act 1992: penalties for offences

        3. Section 9 – Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc.) Regulations 1994: penalties for offences

        4. Section 10 – Deer (Scotland) Act 1996: penalties for offences

        5. Section 11 – Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996

        6. Section 12– Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002: penalties for offences

        7. Section 13 – Fixed penalty notices for certain wildlife offences

        8. Section 14 - Killing, injuring or taking seals: offences, penalties, etc.

        9. Section 15 - Acoustic deterrent devices: requirement to report

        10. Section 17 – Information sharing report

        11. Section 18 Protection of certain wild animals

    2. Chapter 2 – Animal welfare: powers in relation to animals taken into possession

      1. Section 19 – Taking possession of animals: additional powers

      2. Section 20 - Taking possession of animals: amendment of existing powers

      3. Section 21 - Disposal orders where animals taken: restriction of application

    3. Chapter 3 - General

      1. Section 22 – Commencement

      2. Section 23 – Short title

  4. Parliamentary History

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