ANIMAL DISEASES ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

PART I

Administration of the Act

2. Appointment of officers.

PART II

Control and Prevention

3. Power of Director in relation to control and prevention of animal diseases.

4. Sealing of infected premises.

5. Sealing of infected area.

6. Power to close road to all animal traffic area.

7. Immunisation of animals in infected area.

8. Seizure of infected animals and carcases.

9. Destruction and disposal of animal infected or come into contact with diseased animals.

10. Seizure of animal product.

11. Destruction and disposal of animal products.

12. Disinfection.

13. Powers of authorised officer.

14. Testing of animals for detection of specified disease.

15. Sale of stock and produce.

16. Registration of premises as animal clinic animal hatchery.

17. Manufacture of veterinary drugs and veterinary biological products and issue of licence therefor.

18. Validity of the licence.

19. Stud bulls and donor cows to be licensed.

20. Report of inspection before issue of licence.

PART III

Import and Export of Animals, Animal Products, Veterinary Drugs and Veterinary Biological Products

21. Prohibition on import without a permit.

22. Issue of permit for the import of an animal product.

23. Power of Minister to declare any port or other place as being infected with disease.

24. Power of ports Authority to refuse entry to vessels carrying any infected or diseased animal.

25. Notice of arrival by importer.

26. Health certificate.

27. Landing.

28. Quarantine.

29. Protective zone.

30. Animals in transit.

31. Import of veterinary drugs and veterinary biological products.

32. Veterinary Drug Control Authority.

33. Import of semen or embryo.

34. Export.

PART IV

General

35. Offence and penalties.

36. Protection for action taken in good faith.

37. Regulations.

38. Interpretation.

39. Repeal and savings.

40. Sinhala text to prevail in case of inconsistency.

59 of 1992.

AN ACT to provide for the control and prevention of contrast diseases Animals; for the control of the import and export of Animals, Animal products and Veterinary drugs and Veterinary Biological Products and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 13th November, 1992]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Animal Diseases Act.

PART I

Administration of the Act

2. Appointment of officers.

(1) There may be appointed for the purposes of this Act, a person to be or to act as the Director of Animal Production and Health (hereinafter referred to as "the Director”) who shall be in charge of the general administration of this Act.

(2) The Director of Animal Production and Health shall be a veterinarian registered under the Veterinary Surgeons and Practitioners Act, No. 46 of 1956.

(3) There may also be appointed such number of Deputy Directors and Assistant Directors of Animal Production and Health and such other officers as may be required for the purpose of assisting the aforesaid officer in carrying out or giving effect to the provisions of this Act.

(4) Any power, duty or function of the Director under this Act may be exercised, performed or discharged by any Deputy Director or Assistant Director under the directions of the Director, or by such other officer who is authorised so to do by writing under the hand of the Director.

PART II

Control and Prevention

3. Power of Director in relation to control and prevention of animal diseases.

(1) Every person who brings any animal into Sri Lanka shall notify the Director of any diseased condition in the animal occurring within a period of sixty days from the date on which it is so brought.

(2) Every person other than a person referred to in subsection (1) having in his possession or under his control any diseased animal shall segregate such animal and shall forthwith give notice of the fact that the animal is diseased, to the nearest veterinary surgeon who shall communicate such fact forthwith to the Director.

(3) On receipt of notice under subsection (1) or subsection (2) the Director may issue special directions to any authorised officer to take such action as may be necessary to determine the nature of the disease the animal is suffering from, to contain it within the premises or the area in which the disease has occurred and to prevent its spread.

4. Sealing of infected premises.

On receipt of information or on representations made by a veterinary surgeon that; any contagious disease specified in the First Schedule hereto (hereinafter referred to as a "specified disease”) has occurred, the Director shall, if he considers it necessary to do so to prevent the specified disease or the likelihood of its spread, report the matter to the Magistrate and apply for a direction to seal for a prescribed period of time the infected premises or any part thereof, within which such specified disease has occurred; and the Magistrate shall give such direction as he may think in the circumstances if he is of opinion that the sealing of the premises is necessary to prevent the specified disease or the likelihood of its spread.

5. Sealing of infected area.

(1) The Director may, if he deems it expedient to do so in addition to obtaining directions for the sealing of any infected premises, declare by Order published in the Gazette any area including the infected premises as an infected area provisionally for a period not, exceeding three months, by affixing a notice to that effect in a conspicuous place at the premises or in the area.

(2) Every such Order shall specify the species of infected animal, the nature of the specified disease, the premises and limits of the area in which such disease has occurred and the date from which such Order shall take effect.

(3) The Director by a subsequent Order published in the Gazette, extend such period for a further period not exceeding six months.

(4) Where any premises has been sealed or an area has been declared an infected area, no animal or the carcase or any portion thereof, or any excrement, animal product, litter, grass, hay, straw or any other article shall be removed from such premises or area, without a permit signed by the veterinary surgeon until such premises or area has been declared free from infection by an Order made by the Director and published in the Gazette.

6. Power to close road to all animal traffic area.

(1) It shall be lawful for the Director to proclaim by affixing notices in conspicuous places on any road or portion thereof, or in any other suitable manner as he may deem fit that any road or portion thereof is an infected area and that it shall be closed to animal traffic of such species of animal specified in the Order under section 5, for the period specified in such notice.

(2) Where a notice has been affixed under subsection (1), no person shall take any animal specified in such notice alone such road or portion thereof, during such specified period, whether for purposes of transport or otherwise.

(3) It shall be the responsibility of an authorised officer to cause barriers to be put up at such points as may be determined by the Director, on any road or portion thereof, for the purpose of giving effect to the provisions of subsections (1) and (2) of this section.

7. Immunization of animals in infected area.

(1) Where an area has been declared an infected area by an Order under section 5, it shall be lawful for the Director to require by a notice in writing, the production by the owner, of every animal of the species specified in the Order and found in the area to which such Order relates, on a date and at a time and place specified in the notice, for the purpose of immunizing such animal against the specified disease set out in the Order.

(2) Where a notice under subsection (1) is issued, every owner of an animal of the species described in the notice shall comply with the requirements of such notice.

8. Seizure of infected animals and carcases.

It shall be lawful for the Director, having regard to the nature of the specified disease set out in the Order under section 5 and the likelihood of its spread, to order the seizure and detention of any animal of the species of animal to which the Order under section 5 relates and found within the area specified in such Order and which may have been infected by, or come into contact with, the diseased animal or carcase thereof.

9. Destruction and disposal of animal infected or come into contact with diseased animals.

(1) If the Director is of opinion that the animal which may have been seized or detained under section 8 ought to be destroyed and disposed of, the Director or an authorised officer shall report the matter to the Magistrate and apply for a direction for the destruction of the animal and disposal of the carcase thereof and the destruction and disposal of any infected material and the Magistrate shall give such direction as he may think fit in the circumstances if he is of opinion that such destruction and disposal would be conducive to the prevention of the specified disease or the likelihood of its spread.

The report to the Magistrate shall give sufficient particulars of the subject matter in respect of which the direction is sought and shall also be supported by a certificate of a veterinary surgeon.

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