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[F111ASnares: training, identification numbers, tags etc.S

(1)Any person who sets a snare in position must have an identification number (see also subsections (3), (4) and (7) in relation to identification numbers and training).

(2)Any person who sets in position or otherwise uses a snare must ensure—

(a)that a tag is fitted on the snare in such a manner that it is not capable of being easily removed from the snare;

(b)that there is displayed on the tag (in a manner in which it will remain readable) the identification number of the person who set the snare in position; and

(c)where the snare is intended to catch the following types of animal—

(i)brown hares or rabbits; or

(ii)foxes,

that there is also displayed on the tag (in a manner in which it will remain readable) a statement that it is intended to catch the type of animal in question.

(3)For the purposes of this section and sections 11D and 11E, the identification number of a person who sets a snare in position is the identification number issued to him by [F2the] chief constable.

(4)[F3The] chief constable—

(a)on receipt of an appropriate application from any person for an identification number for the purpose of setting snares in position F4...; and

(b)on being satisfied that the applicant has been trained to set a snare in position and on the circumstances in which the setting of snares is an appropriate method of predator control,

must grant the application and issue the applicant with an identification number.

(5)Any person who fails to comply with subsection (1) is guilty of an offence.

(6)Any person who—

(a)has an identification number and sets in position or otherwise uses a snare; but

(b)fails to comply with subsection (2) in any respect,

is guilty of an offence.

F5(7). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(8)The Scottish Ministers may by order make provision as regards—

(a)when a person has been trained to set a snare in position and on the circumstances in which the setting of snares is an appropriate method of predator control;

(b)how [F6the] chief constable is to be satisfied that an applicant for an identification number has been so trained;

(c)the manner in which a tag is to be fitted for the purposes of subsection (2)(a) (including the material from which a tag is to be made);

(d)the manner in which an identification number is to appear on a tag for the purposes of subsection (2)(b), and in which a statement is to be displayed on a tag for the purposes of subsection (2)(c);

(e)the form of and manner of making an application for an identification number;

(f)the determining by the Scottish Ministers, or by [F7the chief constable] in accordance with the order, of any fee to accompany the application and the charging of any such fee;

(g)the issuing of identification numbers under subsection (4);

(h)the keeping of records of identification numbers issued, the persons to whom they are issued and the sharing of information from such records;

(i)such other matters in relation to training, tags or identification numbers (including the making of an application for, or the issuing of, an identification number) as they consider appropriate.

(9)In this section—

  • appropriate application” means an application made in accordance with the provisions of an order under subsection (8);

  • [F8“chief constable” means the chief constable of the Police Service of Scotland]

  • F9...]

Textual Amendments

F1Ss. 11A-11F inserted (1.1.2012 for specified purposes, 22.11.2012 for specified purposes, 1.4.2013 in so far as not already in force) by Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011 (asp 6), ss. 13(3), 43(1) (with s. 41(1)); S.S.I. 2011/433, art. 2(1)(c)(ii)(3A)(a)(4)

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