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European Communities (Protection of Animals Kept for Farming Purposes) Regulations, 2006 (S.I. No. 705 of 2006).

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These Regulations give effect to Council Directive 98/58/EC concerning the protection of animals kept for farming purposes and require owners and keepers to ensure the welfare of their animals.
These Regulations do not apply to: (a) an animal living in the wild; (b) an animal intended for use in competitions; shows, cultural or sporting events or activities; (c) experimental or laboratory animals; or (d) an invertebrate animal. They require persons, as a general rule, to take all necessary steps to ensure the welfare of an animal in his or her possession or under his or her care and to ensure that the animal is not caused unnecessary pain, suffering or injury and to ensure that the conditions under which an animal (other than fish, a reptile or an amphibian) is bred or kept, having regard to its species and degree of development, adaptation and domestication, and to its physiological and ethological needs in accordance with established experience and scientific knowledge, comply with the Schedule to these Regulations. The Regulations also specify powers of enforcement of authorized officers.
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These Regulations are in addition to and not in substitution for (a) the Protection of Animals Kept for Farming Purposes Act 1984 (No. 13 of 1984), (b) the European Communities (Welfare of Laying Hens) Regulations 2002 (S.I. No. 98 of 2002), and (c) the European Communities (Welfare of Calves and Pigs) Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 48 of 2003).
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