V654 - Animal Welfare (Amendment) Bill 2014Watch
An Act enhancing the protection of animals in the UK.
BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-
Part I: Animals to which this Act applies
1. Part 1. (1) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (AWA), which refers 'animal' to a vertebrate other than man, is replaced with the following: "In this Act, except subsections (4) and (5), 'animal' means a living creature which is eukaryotic, multicellular, heterotrophic, generally digests food in an internal chamber, lacking in rigid cell walls, and with embryos that pass through a blastula stages. For the purposes of this Act, both vertebrates and invertebrates are included within the definition of 'animal'."
2. Parts 1. (2), (3) (a) and (3) (b) of the AWA are deleted.
The parts are
Part II: Prohibition of Racing etc.
1. Subsequent to Part 8. "Fighting, etc.," insert the following part:
1. A person commits an offence if he—
(a) causes an animal race to take place, or attempts to do so;
(b) knowingly receives money for admission to an animal sporting event;
(c) knowingly publicises a proposed animal sporting event;
(d) provides information about an animal sporting event to another with the intention of enabling or encouraging attendance at the race;
(e) makes or accepts a bet on the outcome of an animal sporting event or on the likelihood of anything occurring or not occurring in the course of an animal sporting event;
(f) takes part in an animal sporting event;
(g) has in his possession anything designed or adapted for use in connection with an animal sporting event with the intention of its being so used;
(h) keeps or trains an animal for use for in connection with an animal sporting event;
(i) keeps any premises for use for an animal sporting event.
2. A person commits an offence if, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, he is present at an animal race.
3. A person commits an offence if, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, he—
(a) knowingly supplies a video recording of an animal race,
(b) knowingly publishes a video recording of an animal race,
(c) knowingly shows a video recording of an animal race to another, or
(d) possesses a video recording of an animal race, knowing it to be such a recording, with the intention of supplying it.
4. Subsection (3) does not apply if the video recording is of an animal race that took place—
(a) outside Great Britain, or
(b) before the commencement date.
5. Subsection (3) does not apply—
(a) in the case of paragraph (a), to the supply of a video recording for inclusion in a programme service;
(b) in the case of paragraph (b) or (c), to the publication or showing of a video recording by means of its inclusion in a programme service;
(c) in the case of paragraph (d), by virtue of intention to supply for inclusion in a programme service;
(d) in the case of paragraph (a), (b), (c), or (d), by virtue of intention to expose misconduct.
6. Provision extending the application of an offence under subsection (3), so far as relating to the provision of information society services, may be made under section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972 (c. 68) powers to implement Community obligations by regulations) notwithstanding the limits imposed by paragraph 1(1)(d) of Schedule 2 to that Act on the penalties with which an offence may be punishable on summary conviction.
7. In this section—
“animal race” means an occasion on which a protected animal is placed with one or more animals, or with a human, for the purpose of racing;
“information society services” has the meaning given in Article 2(a) of Directive 2000/31/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2000 on certain legal aspects of information society services, in particular electronic commerce in the Internal Market (Directive on electronic commerce);
“programme service” has the same meaning as in the Communications Act 2003 (c. 21);
“video recording” means a recording, in any form, from which a moving image may by any means be reproduced and includes data stored on a computer disc or by other electronic means which is capable of conversion into a moving image.
8. Government funding for Animal Welfare Charities will be administered as follows;
8(a) The government will set aside a transitional period sum of £500m to be distributed between animal welfare charities and animal welfare enforcement organisations to try and ensure that no animal is unfairly disadvantaged or worse killed by this legislation.
8(b) Animal Welfare organisations may apply to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for further funding which the government can rule on whether to grant.
9. Under this act the police are bound by greater enforcement of Animal Welfare Legislation;
9.1 Police officers must attend all call-outs regarding animal welfare legislation breaches at the time of reporting;
9.2 if available an animal welfare officer should be in attendance
10. In this section—
(a) references to supplying or publishing a video recording are to supplying or publishing a video recording in any manner, including, in relation to a video recording in the form of data stored electronically, by means of transmitting such data;
(b) references to showing a video recording are to showing a moving image reproduced from a video recording by any means.
Part III: Commencement, short title and extent
1. This Act may be cited as the Animal Welfare (Amendment) Act 2014.
2. This Act shall extend to the United Kingdom.
3. This Act shall come into force one year following Royal Assent.
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