Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act

Applies to the whole UK

Title: Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act

Category: UK Law

Date: 1968

Reference: Chapter 34 [Full text not available]

General Description:

The major part of the Act deals with animal welfare. It is an offence to permit unnecessary suffering of pain or distress to occur to livestock on agricultural land, and codes of recommendation for animal welfare have been produced as a result (e.g. Pigs and Fowls). Particular operations upon animals now require the use of anaesthetic, and others have been prohibited altogether. Failure to observe these codes may result in prosecution.

In this instance, livestock refers to animals who are kept on land which is defined under this act as agricultural land (which is being used for trading or business), and who are being reared for the production of food, wool, skin, fur, or for use in the farming of the land.

Ministers are given powers by this act to make regulations and issue welfare codes, subject to parliamentary approval. This is distributed as free advice to the appropriate stock keepers and surgeons under section four of the act.

Powers of entry are conveyed upon authorised persons to take samples and run tests on foodstuffs and check on the compliance of a livestock keeper with any regulations made concerning foodstuffs and diets only. The examination of livestock themselves is not included under this statement.

Legislation made under this act and in the database include:

The Docking of Pigs (Use of Anaesthetic) Order

Pertinence to Agriculture: Livestock, Animal Welfare

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