Animals (Cruel Poisons) Act 1962
1962 CHAPTER 26
An Act to prohibit the killing of animals by cruel poisons; and for purposes connected therewith
[3rd July 1962]
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 Act—
(a)    the 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
(b)    any 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.
Maximum 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.
2 Prohibition or restriction of use of poisons
(1)   Where 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.
3 Interpretation
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 Northern Ireland.

(4)   This Act shall come into operation on the first day of January, nineteen hundred and sixty-three. 

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