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The Mutilations (Permitted Procedures) (England) Regulations 2007

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This is a draft item of legislation. This draft has since been made as a UK Statutory Instrument: The Mutilations (Permitted Procedures) (England) Regulations 2007 No. 1100

Regulation 3

SCHEDULE 3PIGS: REQUIREMENTS WHEN CARRYING OUT CERTAIN PERMITTED PROCEDURES

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When carried out on a pig, a procedure listed below must be carried out in accordance with the condition or conditions specified for that procedure.

1.

Castration

The method used must not involve the tearing of tissues.

An anaesthetic and additional prolonged analgesia must be administered where the animal is aged 7 days or over.

2.

Implantation of a subcutaneous contraceptive

The procedure may not be carried out on a farmed animal.

The procedure may only be carried out as part of a conservation breeding programme.

3.

Vasectomy

An anaesthetic must be administered.

4.

Nose ringing

The procedure may only be carried out on an animal that is not kept continuously in an indoor husbandry system.

5.

Tail docking

The procedure may only be carried out where measures to improve environmental conditions or management systems have first been taken to prevent tail-biting, but there is still evidence to show that injury to pigs’ tails by biting has occurred.

The method used must involve quick and complete severance of the tail.

An anaesthetic and additional prolonged analgesia must be administered where the animal is aged 7 days or over.

6.

Tooth reduction

The procedure may only be carried out on an animal that is aged not more than 7 days.

The procedure must consist only of the uniform reduction of the corner teeth by either grinding or clipping so as to leave an intact smooth surface.

The procedure may only be carried out where measures to improve environmental conditions or management systems have first been taken to prevent tail-biting and other vices, but there is still evidence to show that injury to sows’ teats or to other pigs’ ears or tails by biting has occurred.

7.

Tusk trimming

The procedure may only be carried out where there is evidence to show that it is necessary to prevent injury to other animals or for safety reasons.

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