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Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

Section 9 – Ensuring welfare of animals

The welfare offence in this section extends to non-farmed animals. A duty to ensure welfare will apply to all animals for which someone is responsible as defined in section 3. A person who is responsible for an animal has a duty to take steps that are reasonable to ensure its needs are met to the extent required by good practice.

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