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Date 1960
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Brief Overview / Significance
  • It is an offence under this Act for a person having control or charge of an animal to deliberately and without good cause abandon it permanently or otherwise in circumstances likely to cause unnecessary suffering.
  • Because of the definition of "animal" in this Act, non-domestic animals which have been taken into captivity are covered by this legislation.
  • Therefore, an offence may be committed under section 1 of this Act if a released rehabilitated wild animal does not have a reasonable chance of survival (i.e. a chance similar to its non-rehabilitated peers). 
  • This may include release of wild animals at an unsuitable site, in the wrong territory, unfit, not having learned to hunt, at the wrong time of year etc. 

(J35.147.w1, B156.21.w21, B223, W5.Jan01)

NOTES - Amendments / Relation to other legislation
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