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Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

Section 36: Destruction in the interests of the animal

This section gives the court power, where it is persuaded by a veterinary surgeon that it is appropriate in the interests of the animal, to order the destruction of an animal in respect of an offence under the Act involving unnecessary suffering, prohibited procedures, tail docking, administration of poisons, fighting, ensuring animal welfare or abandonment.

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