Disease Control (Interim Measures) (England) Order 2003

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
CitationSI 2003/254

2003 No. 254

ANIMALS, ENGLANDANIMAL HEALTH

Disease Control (Interim Measures) (England) Order 2003

Made 10th February 2003

Coming into force 4th March 2003

The Secretary of State, in exercise of the powers conferred on her by sections 1, 7, 8(1) and 83 of the Animal Health Act 19811, makes the following Order:

S-1 Title, extent, commencement and cessation

Title, extent, commencement and cessation

1. This Order may be cited as the Disease Control (Interim Measures) (England) Order 2003; it extends to England, comes into force on 4th March and ceases to have effect on 1 August 2003.

S-2 Interpretation

Interpretation

2. In this Order—

“animals” means cattle (excluding bison and yak), deer, goats, pigs and sheep;

“collecting centre” means premises used for the intermediate reception of animals intended to be moved elsewhere (but does not include a market or other place used for the sale or trading of animals unless all the animals there are intended for immediate slaughter);

“keeper” means any person having care and control of animals even on a temporary basis and includes, for the purposes of article 8(2)(a), any person transporting the animals;

“land” includes common or unenclosed land;

“premises” includes land, with or without buildings;

“sole occupancy group” has the meaning assigned by article 5;

“veterinary surgeon” means a fellow or member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons;

“slaughterhouse” has the meaning it is given in the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 19952;

“standstill period” means a period when animals may not be moved off premises because of the provisions of article 3(1)(b); and

“veterinary treatment” includes, in the case of goats, the collection of semen.

S-3 Restrictions on the movement of animals

Restrictions on the movement of animals

3.—(1) No person shall move an animal from any premises unless—

(a)

(a) the movement is made under the authority of a licence issued by the Secretary of State or an inspector; and

(b)

(b) no sheep, goats or cattle have been moved on to those premises during the previous 6 days, and no pigs have been moved on to those premises during the previous 20 days (“the standstill period”).

(2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), animals may be moved off premises during the standstill period if—

(a)

(a) the movement is one specified in Schedule 1, or

(b)

(b) a permit disapplying the standstill period has been issued by a veterinary inspector.

(3) The standstill period is not triggered by a movement on to premises if it is a movement specified in Schedule 2.

(4) The requirement for a licence in paragraph (1)(a) does not apply to any movement authorised by a licence under article 10 of the Pigs (Records, Identification and Movement) (Interim Measures) (England) (No. 2) Order 20023(licences relating to pet pigs).

(5) The requirements of paragraph (1) do not apply to a movement—

(a)

(a) licensed under the Foot-and-Mouth Disease Order 19834, or

(b)

(b) to or from any zoo licensed under the Zoo Licensing Act 19815.

S-4 Restrictions on movements to and from slaughterhouses

Restrictions on movements to and from slaughterhouses

4. No person shall—

(a) move any animal to a slaughterhouse save for the purpose of slaughter within 48 hours of its arrival there; or

(b) receive any animal from a slaughterhouse unless, in the case of any animal other than a pig, under the authority of a licence issued by a veterinary inspector.

S-5 Sole occupancy groups

Sole occupancy groups

5. The Secretary of State may authorise sets of premises as sole occupancy groups if she is satisfied that the premises are linked in terms of their control.

S-6 Licences, permits and authorisations

Licences, permits and authorisations

6.—(1) Any licence, permit or authorisation under this Order shall be in writing, may be general or specific, may be subject to conditions and may be varied, suspended or revoked at any time by notice in writing issued—

(a)

(a) by the Secretary of State, in the case of a licence, permit or authorisation issued by the Secretary of State or an inspector of any kind;

(b)

(b) by a veterinary inspector, in the case of a licence or permit issued by a veterinary inspector or any other inspector of the Secretary of State;

(c)

(c) by an inspector of the Secretary of State (other than a veterinary inspector), in the case of a licence issued by any such inspector; or

(d)

(d) by an inspector of a local authority, in the case of a licence issued by an inspector of that local authority.

(2) In deciding whether to issue a licence under article 3(1)(a) or a permit under article 3(2) an inspector or a veterinary inspector shall comply with any instructions issued by the Secretary of State.

S-7 Licences issued in Scotland or Wales

Licences issued in Scotland or Wales

7. A licence issued by the competent authority in Scotland or Wales for the purpose of the movement of animals operates in England as if it had been granted under this Order.

S-8 Notices prohibiting movement under a general licence

Notices prohibiting movement under a general licence

8.—(1) Where a general licence has been issued under article 3(1)(a), the Secretary of State may issue a notice prohibiting—

(a)

(a) the movement under the authority of that licence of any animal from any premises specified in the notice; or

(b)

(b) any person specified in the notice from moving animals under the authority of that licence either generally or to or from any premises specified in the notice.

(2) A notice may only be issued under paragraph (1) on the advice of an inspector, who must be of the opinion that—

(a)

(a) the provisions of this Order or of the general licence are not or have not been complied with in relation to animals moved to or from the premises in question or in relation to the movement of any other animals of which the person on whom the notice is to be served is or has at any time been the keeper, and

(b)

(b) the service of a notice is necessary to prevent a possible spread of disease.

(3) A notice issued under paragraph (1)(a) shall be served on the occupiers of each of the premises specified in the notice and in any other way that the Secretary of State thinks fit to draw the notice to the attention of persons affected by it.

(4) A notice issued under paragraph (1)(b) shall be served on the person prohibited from moving animals by the notice and on the occupiers of any premises individually named in the notice.

(5) A notice shall be in writing, may be subject to conditions and may be amended, suspended or revoked at any time by further notice by the Secretary of State.

S-9 Specific licences

Specific licences

9.—(1) An animal moved under a specific licence shall—

(a)

(a) be moved by the most direct route available to the place of destination specified in the licence, and

(b)

(b) be accompanied throughout the movement by the licence.

(2) The person in charge of any animal moved under a specific licence shall, on demand made by a constable or by an inspector or other officer of the Secretary of State or of a local authority—

(a)

(a) produce the licence;

(b)

(b) allow a copy or an extract to be taken; and

(c)

(c) if so required, furnish his name and address.

(3) Every animal which is moved under the authority of a licence under this Order shall be kept separate throughout such movement from any animal which is not being moved under the authority of that licence.

(4) Where animals are moved under a specific licence, then, unless the licence provides otherwise, the occupier of premises which they are moved on to shall—

(a)

(a) ensure that he or his representative is given the licence before allowing the animals to be unloaded; and

(b)

(b) keep the licence for six months and produce it to an inspector on request.

S-10 General licences

General licences

10. Where animals are moved under a general licence, and that licence requires the person moving the animals to have a movement document, the occupier of premises which they are moved on to shall—

(a) ensure that he or his representative is given the top copy of the movement document before allowing the animals to be unloaded;

(b) complete the top copy to indicate that he has received the animals, sign it, and send it to the local authority without delay; and

(c) keep a copy of the completed document for six months.

S-11 Copies of licences

Copies of licences

11. Where an inspector of a local authority issues a licence under article 3(1)(a), he shall retain a copy of the licence for six months.

S-12 Compliance with licences, etc.

Compliance with licences, etc.

12. If any person fails to comply with a licence, permit, authorisation or notice issued under this Order an officer of the Secretary of State or an inspector may arrange for it to be complied with at the expense of the person in default.

S-13 Cleansing and disinfection

Cleansing and disinfection

13.—(1) A licence issued under article 3(1)(a), a permit issued under article 3(2) or an authorisation under article 5 may specify requirements for the cleansing and disinfection of any vehicle used for moving animals additional to the requirements of the Transport of Animals (Cleansing and Disinfection) (England) Order 20036.

(2) The person responsible for moving animals shall ensure, except where the licence, authority or permit provides otherwise, that all the requirements relating to cleansing and disinfection are met as soon as possible after the animals have been unloaded and, in any case, before the vehicle is moved from the premises to which the animals have been moved.

(3) Where animals are moved under a licence, the occupier of the premises which they are moved on to shall provide adequate facilities, equipment and materials for any cleansing and disinfection required by the licence.

S-14 Change of occupation of premises

Change of occupation of premises

14.—(1) Where, on the termination of his right of occupation of any premises, the owner of any animal on those premises is unable...

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