Wildlife Act 1976

Certain use of scarecrows, decoys birdcalls and calls of wild mammals restricted.

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35. (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act apart from this section, but subject to section 42, a person shall not—

F99 [ ( a ) use, for the purpose of hunting, repelling or scaring any wild bird or any wild animal

(i) any live wild bird or live wild animal which is tethered or secured by braces or other similar appliance or which is confined in a cage or pen or which is blind, maimed or injured, or

(ii) any kite, light trap, balloon, aircraft (including model aircraft) or similar device,

or

( b ) use, as a decoy for the purpose of hunting any wild bird or any wild animal, any live wild animal or live bird, or, ]

( c) use a stuffed or artificial decoy in the form of any bird for the purpose of hunting any protected wild birds, other than F100 [ wood pigeons, ] wild duck and wild geese, or

F101 [ ( d ) use an electrical or other instrument or appliance (including recording apparatus) emitting sound, for the purpose of hunting any wild bird or any wild animal. ]

(2) Subsection (1) of this section shall not apply to the use of a whistle or similar instrument or appliance imitating, or emitting calls similar to, the calls of plover, wild duck or wild geese, which is operated (whether wholly or partly) manually or orally, for the purpose of hunting any of those wild birds.

(3) Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section, the Minister may by order prohibit throughout the State or in any particular area thereof—

F102 [ ( ( a ) the use for hunting, repelling or scaring any wild bird or any wild animal of a species specified in the order of any stuffed or artificial decoy or any device, whistle, instrument or appliance which is of a particular type, class or description specified in the order, or, ]

( b) the use of any orally or manually operated whistle or other instrument or appliance (not being recording apparatus) which imitates, or emits calls similar to, the calls of F103 [ plover, ] wild duck or wild geese or emits recorded such calls.

F104 [ (4) Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section, a decoy, vehicle or an instrument or appliance, including electrical or other recording apparatus emitting sound for the purpose of repelling, scaring or capturing any wild bird or any wild animal, may be used, pursuant to and in accordance with a licence granted in that behalf by the Minister, for scientific research or for another purpose approved of by the Minister. ]

F105 [ (4A) Nothing in this section shall be construed as restricting

( a ) the practice of falconry lawfully carried out in accordance with a licence or licences granted in accordance with section 41 of this Act, or

( b ) the taking, killing or use of a wild animal, which is not a protected wild animal, for the purpose of, or while engaged in the practice of fishing. ]

(5) The Minister may grant to a person a licence to use as a decoy a live wild bird which is of a species specified in the Third Schedule to this Act and which is confined in a cage or pen and every licence granted pursuant to this subsection shall have attached thereto the following conditions, namely—

( a) the bird shall be so used only for hunting birds of the same species, and

( b) the bird while being so used shall be regularly provided by the holder of the licence, or by someone on his behalf, with ample food and water and shall, when caged, only be kept in a cage which is of sufficient dimensions to enable it to move and exercise freely.

(6) A person who—

( a) otherwise than pursuant to and in accordance with a licence granted by the Minister under subsection (4) or (5) of this section does anything prohibited by subsection (1) of this section,

( b) contravenes an order made by the Minister under this section,

shall be guilty of an offence.