Appendix I: Relevant Legislation
Animal Welfare Act (2006), which largely replaced the Protection of Animals Act (1911). Throughout treatment the casualty must not be
subjected to "unnecessary suffering".
Protection of Animals Act (1911) protects all captive animals from unnecessary suffering and a wildlife casualty once confined in captivity is
protected under the provisions of this Act.
Animal Health Act (1981) relates to welfare of animals during transportation in Transit of Animal Orders 1973, 1975 and 1988 and
Welfare of Animals During Transport Order 1992.
Veterinary Surgeons Act (1966) indicates limits to treatment that may be given by unqualified people.
Medicines Act (1968) requires certain classes of drugs to be held, prescribed and/or administered only by qualified people.
Abandonment of Animals Act (1960) makes it an offence to abandon an animal in circumstances which might cause it to suffer
Wildlife & Countryside Act (1981) contains the bulk of legislation which protects wildlife.
Dangerous Wild Animals Act (1976) controls the keeping in captivity of potentially dangerous species (includes adder and wild cat).
Destructive Imported Animals Act (1932) - licences are required under this Act to keep certain destructive non-indigenous species e.g. grey
Wild Mammals (Protection) Act (1996) relates to specified acts of cruelty to free living wild animals. Lawful activities like shooting, hunting and
coursing are permitted.
Deer Act (1991) allows capture for treatment and euthanasia for humane reasons.
Protection of Badgers Act (1992) - protection of badgers' setts except under licence and protection of badgers with exceptions e.g.. for the
purpose of tending or killing as an act of mercy.
Conservation of Seals Act (1970) prohibits certain methods of killing seals and specifies the type of rifle and bullets which can be used to kill
Many of the above Acts will have had amendments made to them which may also be relevant. In some cases Scotland and Northern Ireland
will have their own legislation which will be similar to, but not necessarily the same as, that in England and Wales.
Copies of these Acts, Orders and their amendments are obtainable from Her Majesty's Stationery Office, bookshops or main libraries.