1.   Short title.

   2.   Interpretation.

   3.   Offences of cruelty

   4.   Court may order destruction of animal.

   5.   Court may deprive person convicted of cruelty of ownership of animal.

   6.   Compensation for damage done by cruelty to an animal.

   7.   Injured animal.

   8.   Search warrants.

   9.   Powers of police officers.

   10.   Employers and owners to produce drivers or animals if so required.

   11.   Costs.

   12.   Payments out of fine.

   13.   Infirmaries.

   14.   Power to make rules.


An Act to make provision for the prevention of cruelty to animals.

[7th May, 1926]

Ord. No. 5 of 1926

1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Animals (Protection) Act.

2.   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires–

   "animal" means any domestic or captive animal;

   "captive animal" means any animal (not being a domestic animal) of whatsoever kind or species, and whether a quadruped or not, including any bird, fish, or reptile, which is in captivity, or confinement, or which is maimed, pinioned, or subjected to any appliance or contrivance for the purpose of hindering or preventing its escape from captivity or confinement;

   "domestic animal" means any horse, ass, mule, camel, bull, sheep, pig, goat, dog, cat, or fowl, or any other animal of whatsoever kind or species, and whether a quadruped or not, which is tame or which has been or is being sufficiently tamed to serve some purpose for the use of man;

   "Minister" means the Minister responsible for agriculture.

3.   Offences of cruelty

   (1) If any person–

   (a)   cruelly beats, kicks, ill-treat, over-rides, over-drives, over-loads, tortures, infuriates, or terrifies any animal, or causes or procures, or, being the owner, permits any animal to be so used or, by wantonly or unreasonably doing or omits to do any act, or causes or procuring the commission or omission of any act, cause any unnecessary suffering or, being the owner, permit unnecessary suffering to be so caused to any animal; or

   (b)   conveys or carries, or causes or procures, or, being the owner, permits to be conveyed or carried, any animal in such a manner or position as to cause that animal any unnecessary suffering; or

   (c)   causes, procures, or assists at the fighting or baiting of any animal; or keeps, uses, manages or acts or assists in the management of any premises or place for the purpose, or partly for the purpose, of fighting or baiting any animal, or permits any premises or place to be so kept, managed, or used, or receives or causes or procures any person to receive money for the admission of any person to such premises or place; or

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