Non-native species: code of practice

Guidance on non-native species, approved by the Scottish Parliament. Came into effect on 2 July 2012.

7. Selling Invasive Animals and Plants

7.1 This Chapter explains the restrictions which apply to the sale of some types of invasive animals and plants.

7.2 It is an offence under the 1981 Act [59] to sell any invasive animals or plants of a type specified in an Order made by the Scottish Ministers. A person will also be guilty of an offence where they do any of the following relating to a species listed in such an Order

  • offer or expose for sale;
  • have in their possession, or transport, for sale;
  • publish, or causes to be published, any advertisement for the purchase or sale.

The term "sale" includes the hire, bartering and exchange of goods [60] .

7.3 This Code does not list the Orders - or the species listed in the Orders - made under the 1981 Act as these are subject to change. More information on the Orders created under the 1981 Act can be found on the Scottish Government website (see Chapter 10).


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