Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013

70.

Regulations in relation to animal marts.

70.—(1) The Minister may, for the purpose of ensuring—

( a) the proper conduct of—

(i) places where the business of an animal mart or other activity or event is carried on, and

(ii) such business or persons at such marts or other activities or events,

( b) the adequate and suitable hygienic and veterinary standards in relation to such places and auctions or sales of animals at such places, and

( c) the provision of adequate and suitable accommodation and facilities for such auctions or sales and for persons and animals at such auctions or sales,

make such regulations as he or she thinks appropriate in relation to such places and such businesses.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), regulations under this section may—

( a) prescribe the manner in which entries for auctions of animals or sales at such places shall be received,

( b) provide that entries for such auctions or sales shall not be refused except in circumstances prescribed in the regulations,

( c) prescribe the manner in which such auctions or sales shall be conducted,

( d) provide that the receipt of entries for and the conduct of such auctions or sales shall be carried out in accordance with conditions of sale drawn up by the owner of each such place and approved of by the Minister and that the conditions of sale relating to any such place shall be displayed in a prominent position which is accessible to the public at that place,

( e) prescribe requirements as to the size, design, maintenance, repair, cleansing, cleanliness, ventilation, heating and lighting of any buildings (including animal holding areas) in which such auctions or sales are held,

( f) prescribe requirements as to the accommodation (including washing facilities and sanitary conveniences) provided at such places,

( g) prescribe requirements as to, and provide for, the veterinary examination of animals at such auctions, the veterinary inspection of animal marts or the places where such other activities or events are held and the veterinary supervision of such auctions or sales,

( h) provide for the inspection of such places and the supervision of such auctions or sales by health authorities and their officers,

( i) prescribe hygienic and veterinary requirements and standards for such places and such auctions or sales,

( j) prescribe the information to be provided in relation to each lot being sold.

(3) A person who contravenes a provision of regulations under this section commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a class A fine.