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Protection of Animals Act 1911

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the operation of the Protection of Animals Act 1911; and what amendments have been made to this Act since 1997. (177127)

The Protection of Animals Act 1911 was largely repealed and replaced by the Animal Welfare Act 2006, which came into force in England on 6 April 2007 (and in Wales on 27 March). The Animal Welfare Act updates and strengthens the offences of animal fighting and causing unnecessary suffering which were contained in the Protection of Animals Act 1911. The 2006 Act also introduces an offence of failing to provide for the welfare needs of an animal—a ‘duty of care’ which will allow action to be taken before an animal suffers.

The provisions of the Protection of Animals Act 1911 which remain in force relate to the sale of poison grain, precautions when laying poison and the inspection of spring traps for catching hares or rabbits.