Diseases of Animals Act 1950

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1950 c. 36


Diseases of Animals Act , 1950

(14 Geo. 6) CHAPTER 36

An Act to consolidate the Diseases of Animals Acts, 1894 to 1937, and certain other enactments relating to diseases of animals.

[26th October 1950]

Be it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

I General

Part I

General

General powers of Minister to make orders and to authorise local authorities to make regulations

General powers of Minister to make orders and to authorise local authorities to make regulations

S-1 General powers of Minister.

1 General powers of Minister.

(1) The Minister may make such orders as he thinks fit, subject and according to the provisions of this Act,—

(a ) generally for the better execution of this Act, or for the purpose of in any manner preventing the spreading of disease; and

(b ) in particular for the several purposes set out in this Act.

(2) Orders made by the Minister may provide—

(a ) for prescribing modes of cleansing and disinfection;

(b ) for prescribing and regulating the marking of animals;

(c ) for prescribing and regulating the seizure, detention and disposal of a diseased or suspected animal exposed, carried, kept or otherwise dealt with in contravention of an order of the Minister; and for prescribing and regulating the liability of the owner or consignor or consignee of such animal to the expenses connected with the seizure, detention and disposal thereof;

(d ) for securing a proper supply of water and food to animals during any detention thereof;

(e ) for prescribing and regulating the destruction, burial, disposal or treatment of carcases of animals dying while diseased or suspected;

(f ) for prohibiting or regulating the digging up of carcases which have been buried;

(g ) for prescribing and regulating the disinfection of the clothes of persons coming in contact with or employed about diseased or suspected animals and the use of precautions against the spreading of disease by such persons; and

(h ) for prescribing and regulating the payment and recovery of expenses in respect of animals.

S-2 Power to authorise the making of regulations by local authorities.

2 Power to authorise the making of regulations by local authorities.

2. The Minister may make such orders as he thinks fit, subject and according to the provisions of this Act, for authorising a local authority to make regulations for any of the purposes of this Act or of an order of the Minister subject to such conditions, if any, as the Minister, for the purposes of securing uniformity and the due execution of this Act, thinks fit to prescribe.

Eradication of disease

Eradication of disease

S-3 Payments for the eradication of bovine tuberculosis.

3 Payments for the eradication of bovine tuberculosis.

(1) The Minister may, in accordance with a scheme made by him and approved by the Treasury, pay to the owner of any herd of cattle in Great Britain such sums as the Minister thinks fit to expend for the purpose of securing so far as practicable that the herd will be free from tuberculosis.

(2) The powers conferred by the foregoing subsection shall be exercisable for a period ending on the thirtieth day of September, nineteen hundred and fifty-eight:

Provided that the said period may be extended for five years by order made by the Minister with the approval of the Treasury, on not more than three successive occasions, so as to continue for five, ten or fifteen years, as the case may be, from the thirtieth day of September, nineteen hundred and fifty-eight.

No order shall be made under this subsection unless a draft thereof has been laid before Parliament and has been approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.

(3) The power of making a scheme under this section, or any subsequent scheme amending such a scheme, shall be exercisable by statutory instrument, and any such statutory instrument shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

S-4 General power of Minister to expend money for the eradication of diseases of animals.

4 General power of Minister to expend money for the eradication of diseases of animals.

4. The Minister may, with the approval of the Treasury, expend such sums as he thinks fit with the object of eradicating as far as practicable diseases of animals in Great Britain:

Provided that the Minister shall not after the expiration of the period mentioned in the last foregoing section have power under this section to make any payment which until then he is empowered to make by virtue of the last foregoing section.

In this section the expression ‘animals’ includes horses and the expression ‘disease’ is not restricted by its definition in this Act.

S-5 Eradication areas and attested areas for cattle.

5 Eradication areas and attested areas for cattle.

5. The Minister may make orders—

a ) declaring any area as respects which he is satisfied that a substantial majority of the cattle therein are free from any particular disease to be an eradication area for purposes connected with the control of that disease
b ) declaring any area as respects which he is satisfied that any particular disease of cattle is for practical purposes non-existent therein to be an attested area for purposes connected with the control of that disease; and
c ) prohibiting or regulating the movement of cattle into out of or within any area which is for the time being an eradication area or an attested area
S-6 Power to obtain information.

6 Power to obtain information.

6. For the purpose of obtaining information required for the purposes of sections three and four of this Act the Minister may authorise in writing any veterinary inspector or other officer of the Ministry to inspect animals (including horses).

Any person so authorised may, for the purpose of any inspection to be carried out by him, at all reasonable times, upon production of his authority on demand, enter on any land or premises and apply such tests and take such samples as he considers necessary.

S-7 Offences.

7 Offences.

(1) Any person who knowingly or recklessly makes any false statement for the purpose of obtaining for himself or any other person any sum payable under sections three or four of this Act, shall, unless in the case of an indictable offence he is indicted for the offence, be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding one hundred pounds or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months, or to both such imprisonment and fine.

(2) Any person who obstructs or impedes any person duly authorised under the last foregoing section to make any inspection shall be liable on summary conviction in the case of a first offence to a fine not exceeding twenty pounds and, in the case of a second or subsequent offence punishable under this subsection, to a fine not exceeding fifty pounds or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one month, or to both such imprisonment and fine.

In considering for the purposes of this subsection or subsection (2) of section thirty of the Agriculture Act, 1937, whether an offence is or is not a first offence, references to an offence punishable under this subsection or that subsection shall be taken as including references to offences punishable under that subsection or this subsection, as the case may be.

Separation and treatment of diseased animals and notice of disease

Separation and treatment of diseased animals and notice of disease

S-8 Separation of diseased animals, and notice of disease.

8 Separation of diseased animals, and notice of disease.

(1) Every person having in his possession or under his charge an animal affected with disease shall—

(a ) as far as practicable keep that animal separate from animals not so affected; and

(b ) with all practicable speed give notice of the fact of the animal being so affected to a constable of the police force for the police area wherein the animal so affected is.

(2) The constable to whom notice is given shall forthwith give information thereof to such person or authority as the Minister by general order directs.

(3) The Minister may make such orders as he thinks fit for prescribing and regulating the notice to be given to or by any person or authority in case of any particular disease or in case of the illness of an animal, and for supplementing or varying for those purposes any of the provisions of this section.

(4) The local authority shall pay to a veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner, in respect of every notification of disease made by him to the local authority in pursuance of an order under this Act requiring such a notification such fee not exceeding two shillings and sixpence as may be prescribed by the order.

S-9 Treatment with serum or vaccine of animals or birds exposed to infection.

9 Treatment with serum or vaccine of animals or birds exposed to infection.

9. For the purpose of preventing the spread of disease, the Minister may cause to be treated with serum or vaccine, or with both serum and vaccine, any animal or bird which has been in contact with a diseased animal or bird or which appears to the Minister to be or to have been in any way exposed to the infection of disease.

Infected places and areas

Infected places and areas

S-10 General provisions as to infected places and areas.

10 General provisions as to infected places and areas.

(1) The Minister may make such orders as he thinks fit, subject and according to the provisions of this Act, for prescribing the...

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