BUTCHERS ORDINANCE

Arrangement of Sections

CHAPTER I

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

3. Proper authority.

4. Licence for butchers.

5. Form and duration of licence.

6. Butchers licensed for loans to give bonds.

7. Applications for licences.

8. Revocation of licenses.

9. Appeals.

10. Licences voided on breach of bond.

11. Fees for licences.

12. Temporary licences.

13. Slaughtered cattle to be registered.

13A. No flesh of animals to be sold, exposed, except in certain buildings.

14. Where and when animals to be slaughtered.

15. Cattle to be exposed before slaughter.

16. Penalty on butchers.

17. Power to prohibit slaughter of animals.

CHAPTER II

Permits to Slaughter Cattle

18. Permits.

19. Conditions of permit.

20. Penalty.

21. Notice of slaughter.

22. Authorised person to inquire into truth of notice.

23. Penalty.

24. Unlawful possession of beef and fresh hides.

25. Application of this Chapter to animals other than cattle.

CHAPTER III

Public Slaughterhouses

26. Public slaughterhouse to be proclaimed.

27. Proper authority may make regulations.

28. Diseased animals to be seized and destroyed.

29. Penalty for breach of regulation.

30. Application of sums recovered by way of fees and stamp duties.

SCHEDULE

9 of 1893,

44 of 1947,

31 of 1976,

2 of 1951,

48 of 1953,

60 of 1981,

12 of 2005,

13 of 2008.

AN ORDINANCE to amend the law relating to butchers and the slaughter of cattle and to provide for the establishment of public slaughterhouses.

[Date of Commencement: 15th January, 1894]

CHAPTER I

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Butchers Ordinance1.

2. Interpretation.

In this Ordinance, unless the context otherwise requires—

"administrative region” means an administrative region defined by Order made under section 2 of the Local Government (Administrative Regions) Ordinance;

"Assistant Commissioner of Local Government” means the Assistant Commissioner of Local Government for any administrative region;

"animals” shall include cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and turtles;

"butcher” shall include every person that slaughters animals or exposes for sale the meat of animals slaughtered in
Sri Lanka;

"cattle” shall include oxen, bulls, cows, calves, and tame buffaloes;

"licensed butcher” shall include every person who obtains a licence under section 4 of this Ordinance.

3. Proper authority.

Save as otherwise expressly provided in section 27(2) for the purposes of this Ordinance, the expression—

"proper authority”—

(a) in relation to any area within the administrative limits of a Municipal Council, means the Mayor of the Council or any person authorised by him in writing in that behalf;

(b) in relation to any area within the administrative limits of any Urban Council, Town Council, or Village Council, means the Chairman of the Council or any person authorised by him in writing in that behalf;

(c) in relation to any other area, means the Assistant Commissioner of Local Government for the administrative region within which such area is situated or any person authorised by him in writing in that behalf;

14. Licence for butchers.

(1) No person shall carry on the trade of a butcher except under the authority of an annual licence or a temporary licence in that behalf issued by the proper authority.

(2) Every person who, not being the holder of a licence issued by the proper authority in that behalf and for the time being in force, carries on the trade of a butcher, shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable to a fine not less than two thousand rupees and not exceeding twenty thousand rupees or in default of payment to imprisonment of either description for a term not exceeding six months.

[S 4(2) am by First Schedule of Act 12 of 2005.]

5. Form and duration of licence.

Every such licence shall be as near as may be, in the Form A in the Schedule and shall, unless previously revoked as hereinafter provided, cease to be in force on the thirty-first day of December next ensuing the date thereof.

6. Butchers licensed for loans to give bonds.

Every person before he obtains a licence to carry on the trade of a butcher shall, together with two sufficient sureties, execute and deliver to the proper authority issuing the licence a joint and several bond for a sum not exceeding five hundred rupees, and the said bond and the conditions thereof (which conditions shall be settled by the proper authority) shall be, with such variations as the circumstances require, in the Form B in the Schedule.

7. Applications for licences.

(1) Every person who desires to obtain a licence to carry on the trade of a butcher shall make an application in writing in that behalf to the proper authority. The application shall be signed by the applicant and shall state his name and the premises at which he intends to carry on such trade.

(2) Upon the receipt of an application for a licence,
the proper authority shall publish a notice in the Gazette

(a) stating that the application has been made and specifying the name of the applicant and the premises at which he intends to carry on the trade; and

(b) calling upon every person residing within the limits of the area of such authority, who desires to object to the issue of such licence, to furnish to the proper authority in duplicate, within such time as may be specified in the notice, a written statement of the grounds of his objection.

(3) —

(a) The proper authority shall cause a copy of every statement of objections furnished to him in respect of any application to be served on the person by whom the application has been made.

(b) The proper authority shall, after giving the applicant, and each person by whom a statement of objections is furnished (hereinafter referred to as an "objector”), an opportunity of being heard, make order allowing or disallowing the application.

The order shall contain a statement of the grounds upon which it is made and the proper authority shall cause a copy thereof to be served on the applicant and each objector.

(4) Any applicant for a licence or any objector to the issue of such licence, if he is aggrieved by the order of the proper authority, may, within ten days from the date of the service on him of the order, appeal against the order to the Minister in the manner set out in section 9.

(5) Subject to the provisions of paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section 12, effect shall not be given to any order allowing an application for a licence in any case where any statement of objections to the issue thereof has been furnished, until—

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