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Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996 (S.R. No. 558 of 1996).

Type of law

The Regulations apply to the movement, lairaging, restraint, stunning, slaughter and killing of animals bred or kept for the production of meat, skin, fur or other products, to methods of killing animals for the purpose of disease control and to the killing of surplus chicks and embroys in hatchery waste, sporting events and wild game. The Regulations (a) provide rules for the treatment of animals; (b) provide for the licensing of slaughtermen by the Department of Agriculture; (c) require occupiers of slaughterhouses or knackers' yards to ensure (i) that there is a person available who has authority to take whatever action may be necessary to safeguard the welfare of any live animals on the premises, and (ii) that any person who is engaged in activities governed by these Regulations is acquainted with the legislation and welfare codes which are relevant to those activities and, where necessary, is licensed; (d) provide powers for the Department to make statutory codes of practice; (f) specify the construction, equipment and maintenance requirements for slaughterhouses and knackers' yards; etc.
Date of text
These Regulations revoke and replace the Regulations specified in Schedule 13.
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Legislation status
Legislation Amendment