(Cruel Poisons) Act 1962
1962 CHAPTER 26
||An Act to
prohibit the killing of animals by cruel poisons; and for purposes connected
BE IT ENACTED by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty,
by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons,
in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows
1 Offences and penalties
Where the use of any poison for the purpose of
destroying any animal has been prohibited or restricted by regulations under this
fact that the poison was used as mentioned in the proviso to section eight
of the Protection of Animals Act 1911, or the proviso to section seven of
the Protection of Animals (Scotland) Act 1912, shall not be a defence in
proceedings under paragraph (b) of either section if the poison was used
in contravention of the regulations; and
person convicted in such proceedings of an offence committed by or in connection
with the use of the poison in contravention of the regulations shall be
liable to a fine not exceeding [level 3 on the standard scale] or to imprisonment
for a term not exceeding three months or to both.
2 Prohibition or restriction of
use of poisons
the Secretary of State is satisfied that a poison cannot be used for destroying
animals or animals of any description without causing undue suffering and that
other suitable methods of destroying them exist and are or would in certain circumstances
be adequate, he may by regulations made by statutory instrument prohibit or restrict
the use of that poison for destroying animals or, as the case may be, animals
of that description.
(2) A statutory instrument containing
regulations under this section shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a
resolution of either House of Parliament.
In this Act “animal” means any mammal.
4 Short title, citation, extent and commencement
(1) This Act may be cited as
the Animals (Cruel Poisons) Act 1962.
(2) This Act and the Protection
of Animals Acts 1911 to 1960 may be cited together as the Protection of Animals
Acts 1911 to 1962, and this Act and the Protection of Animals (Scotland) Acts,
1912 to 1960, may be cited together as the Protection of Animals (Scotland) Acts,
1912 to 1962.
(3) This Act shall not extend to
fine in para (b) increased by the Criminal Law Act 1977, s 31, Sch 6, and
converted to a level on the standard scale by virtue of the Criminal Justice
Act 1982, ss 37, 46.
(4) This Act shall come into operation
on the first day of January, nineteen hundred and sixty-three.