Welfare of Livestock Regulations 1990

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
CitationSI 1990/1445

1990 No. 1445

ANIMALSPREVENTION OF CRUELTY

The Welfare of Livestock Regulations 1990

Made 16th July 1990

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Secretary of State for Scotland and the Secretary of State for Wales, acting jointly in exercise of powers conferred by section 2 of the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 19681and now vested in them2, and of all other powers enabling them in that behalf, and after consultation with such persons appearing to them to represent any interests concerned as they have considered appropriate, hereby make the following Regulations, a draft of which has been approved by resolution of each House of Parliament:

S-1 Title and commencement

Title and commencement

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Welfare of Livestock Regulations 1990 and, except for regulations 3(c) and 4, shall come into force on 1st January 1991.

(2) Regulations 3(c) and 4 shall come into force on 1st January 1992.

S-2 Interpretation

Interpretation

2. In these Regulations–

“the Act” means the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1968;

“electro-immobilisation”, in relation to any livestock, means the passing of an electric current through the body of an animal for the purpose of immobilising it;

“housed”, in relation to any livestock, means kept in a building;

“veterinary surgeon” means a person registered in the register of veterinary surgeons or in the supplementary veterinary register;

“welfare code” means a code containing recommendations with respect to the welfare of livestock for the time being situated on agricultural land prepared and issued by the Ministers under section 3 of the Act, and references in these Regulations to a welfare code are references to that code as it has effect for the time being.

S-3 Requirements for the welfare of livestock

Requirements for the welfare of livestock

3. It shall be the duty of any person who keeps any livestock on agricultural land, or who knowingly causes or permits any livestock to be so kept, to ensure that–

(a) any person attending, or for the time being in charge of, the livestock (whether or not that person is the keeper) has access to a copy of any welfare code relating to the livestock;

(b) any person attending, or for the time being in charge of, the livestock (whether or not that person is the keeper) is, or is made, aware of the provisions of any welfare code relating to the livestock;

(c) any person who attends, or is for the time being in charge of, the livestock on behalf of the keeper has received instruction and guidance with regard to any welfare code relating to the livestock;

(d) where the livestock are housed adequate lighting (whether fixed or portable) is available to enable them to be thoroughly inspected at any time;

(e) the interior of any building (including the floor) to which the livestock have access is constructed and maintained so that there are no sharp edges or protrusions likely to cause injury or distress to the livestock;

(f) no inadequately constructed or insecure fittings are used for restraining the livestock;

(g) the livestock are fed a wholesome diet which is appropriate to their species and which is fed to them in sufficient quantity to maintain them in good health and to satisfy their...

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