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.



2. APHA is an executive agency of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and works on behalf of the Scottish Government to safeguard animal and plant health for the benefit of people, the environment and the economy.

3. Section 6 (service of notice requiring veterinary enquiry) of the Sheep Scab (Scotland) Order 2010 provides that if an inspector knows or suspects that there are (or there have been within the previous 16 days) on premises (other than common land, a market or place of exhibition) sheep or carcasses which have sheep scab, the inspector may serve a notice on the owner or (if different) the keeper of any sheep on the premises requiring that person to arrange for a veterinary surgeon to carry out a veterinary enquiry to establish whether there are on the premises sheep or carcasses which have sheep scab.


5. Following an exotic disease outbreak, it is routine practice in the UK to evaluate how we responded, and to identify lessons for future outbreaks. The report summarises lessons from the outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza between December 2016 and June 2017. The report can be found at

6. The Scottish Government recently consulted on proposals to strengthen animal welfare legislation by increasing the maximum available penalties, introducing fixed penalty notices, and making it easier for approved bodies to make arrangements for seized animals. The consultation closed on 26 April 2019 and further information can be found at:



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