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Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 (2006 asp 11).

Type of law
Date of original text

This Act makes provisions for both the health and welfare of animals in Scotland. It amends the Animal Health Act 1981 in parts dealing with the outbreak of diseases, in particular Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs) in livestock. For this purpose, the Act make provision for the establishment of a breeding programme aiming at breed resistance. It also provides additional powers to prevent the spread of animal diseases regarding, among other things, slaughtering, the issue of "Biosecurity codes" and animal treatment.
As for animal welfare, the Act supersedes a number of existing provisions in animal welfare legislation to prevent cruelty, promote welfare and protect animals in distress.
Long title of text
An Act of the Scottish Parliament to amend the Animal Health Act 1981, including by making provision for preventing the spread of disease; to make provision for the welfare of animals, including for prevention of harm; and for connected purposes.
Date of consolidation/reprint
Last textual amendment was made by Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Act 2020.
Source language


Legislation Amendment