Protection of Animals (Anaesthetics) Act

Applies to EnglandApplies to WalesApplies to Scotland

Title: Protection of Animals (Anaesthetics) Act

Category: England, Wales and Scotland Law

Date: 1954

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General Description:

This has now been amended by the Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations and the Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Regulations.

The act makes any operation. with or without any instruments illegal, if no anaesthetic is used to alleviate pain and the operation involves interference with sensitive tissue or bones. Exceptions to this include any operation making an injection or extraction using a hollow needle and any of the operations listed below:

(a) Any experiment duly authorised under the Cruelty to Animals Act, 1876;

(b) The rendering in emergency of first aid for the purpose of saving life or relieving pain;

(c) The docking of a tail of a dog before its eyes are open;

(d) The amputation of the dew claws of a dog before its eyes open;

(e) The castration of a male dog less then three months old and a male cat lass than six months old;

(f) The castration of a male animal listed below younger than the age specified-

Animal

Age (months)

Horse

12

Ass or Mule

12

Bull

12

Sheep

12

Goat

3

Pig

7

(g) Any minor operation performed by a veterinary surgeon or practitioner which is normally carried out without anaesthetic;

(h) Any minor operation performed by a veterinary surgeon or practitioner or by some other person, being an operation which is not customarily performed by such a surgeon or practitioner.

Pertinence to Agriculture: Livestock, Animal Welfare

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