Amendments to the Animal Health Act 1981: consultation

We are seeking views to strengthen animal health legislation to allow for more effective and proportionate enforcement provisions.


This consultation is seeking views on strengthening animal health legislation by enabling secondary legislation to be made that will allow fixed penalty notices to be used in relation to appropriate animal health offences. It also seeks preliminary views and opinions on the Animal Health Act 1981 and what might need to be updated to ensure primary legislation used to protect the health and welfare of livestock from disease remains fit for purpose.

Responding to this Consultation

We are inviting responses to this consultation by 23 December 2019.

Please respond to this consultation using the Scottish Government's consultation hub, Citizen Space ( Access and respond to this consultation online at You can save and return to your responses while the consultation is still open. Please ensure that consultation responses are submitted before the closing date of 23 December 2019.

If you are unable to respond using our consultation hub, please complete the Respondent Information Form to:

Animal Health Act Amendment
Scottish Government Animal Health Team
P Spur
Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
EH11 3XD



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