Animals (Diseases and Imports) Act

Chapter number: 
9
In force: 
No

 

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This Cap was repealed by the Animal and Plant Biosecurity Act, 2014 with effect from 1 July 2014.  The text below is reproduced for historical reference purposes only.

 

Refer to section 138 of the Animal and Plant Biosecurity Act, 2014 for the conditions under which SIs made under this Cap have been preserved in force.

 

 

CONSOLIDATED TO 30 JUNE 2012

 

LAWS OF SEYCHELLES

CHAPTER 9

ANIMALS (DISEASES AND IMPORTS) ACT

 

Act 19 of 1981

[29th December, 1981]

 

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

PART I – PRELIMINARY

1.         Short title.

2.         Interpretation.

PART II – NOTIFIABLE DISEASES

3.         Notifiable diseases.

4.         Animal affected with notifiable disease.

5.         Infected areas and control of movements

PART III – INSPECTORS ETC

6.         Inspectors

7.         Inspection and testing

8.         Identification marks

9.         Power of entry

10.       Search and detention of suspects

11.       Seizing of animals etc.

12.       Obstruction of Inspectors etc.

13.       Indemnity

PART IV – IMPORTS AND QUARANTINE

14.       Import prohibited except stock or poultry under licence

15.       Animal Quarantine Stations

16.       Quarantine of animals

17.       Control of import and movement of fodder etc.

PART V – VACCINES AND DRUGS

18.       Control of import of vaccines and drugs

19.       Prohibited vaccines and drugs

PART VI – COMPULSORY SLAUGHTER

20.       Slaughter of animals with notifiable disease

21.       Compensation for slaughter

PART VII - REGULATIONS

22.       Regulations

23.       Fees and charges

PART VIII - PENALTIES

24.       Penalties

25.       Disposal of forfeited or confiscated animals etc.

 

Schedules

 

1.         Notifiable diseases

2.         Valuation of slaughtered stock.

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PART I - PRELIMINARY

1.         This Act may be cited as the Animals (Diseases and Imports) Act.

2.         In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires –

            “animal” means –

(a)                any kind of mammal, except man;

(b)        any kind of four footed beast which is not a mammal;

(c)        any kind of bird or bird’s egg;

(d)        reptiles and other cold blooded creatures not falling within paragraph (a) or (b), but excluding fish;

(e)        arthropods including insects, arachnids and myriopods, but excluding crustaceans;

 

“animal product” means anything originating or made (whether in whole or in part) from an animal or from a carcase;

“Animal Quarantine Station” means a place appointed as a quarantine station under section 15;

“carcase” means the dead body of an animal includes part of a carcase, and the meat (excluding tinned meat or tinned meat preparations), bones, hide and skin (excluding leather and cured or processed hide and skin) hooves, horns, offal, or other part of an animal separately or otherwise, or any portion of those parts;

“cattle” means bulls, cows, oxen, heifers and calves;

“fodder” means grass, hay, or any other substance used for food of animals, but excluding concentrated stock feeds;

“infected area” means an area declared an infected area under section 5;

“Inspector” means a person who is an Inspector in terms of section 6;

“in transit”, in relation to an animal, means pausing briefly in Seychelles during a passage from a place outside Seychelles to another place outside Seychelles;

“litter” means straw or any other substance used for bedding or otherwise for or about animals;

“notifiable disease” means a disease specified in Schedule 1;

“poultry” means domestic fowl, turkeys, geese, ducks, quails or pigeons and includes their eggs;

“stock” means cattle, sheep, goats, horses, mules, donkeys, swine, rabbits, bees or any other domesticated or captive animal prescribed as stock by the Minister by Notice in the gazette;

“vessel” includes any kind of water craft;

“Veterinary Officer’ means a Veterinary officer in the employment of the Government and includes the Chief Veterinary Officer

 

 

 

PART II – NOTIFIABLE DISEASES

 

3.(1)     The diseases specified in Schedule 1 shall be notifiable diseases for the purposes of this Act.

   (2)     The Minister may by Order published in the Gazette amend Schedule 1.

4.(1)     A person having in his possession or charge an animal affected or suspected by him of being affected with a notifiable disease shall –

(a)        keep that animal tied up or in an enclosed place, and separated from other animals not affected or suspected of being affected; and

            (b)        immediately give notice that fact to an Inspector.

   (2)     For the purpose of sub-section (1) an animal lawfully on a property with the agreement of the owner or occupier is deemed to be in possession or charge of the owner or occupier of that property.

   (3)     A person or officer, not being a Veterinary Officer, who –

            (a)        is notified that an animal is affected with a notifiable disease; or

            (b)        otherwise becomes aware that an animal is affected with a notifiable disease; or

(c)        learns or become aware of any wide-spread disease among animals or of suspicious deaths among animals,

shall immediately notify the nearest Veterinary Officer.

(4)     A Veterinary Officer notified in terms of subsection (3) shall give such directions and take such steps as may be necessary for the purpose of investigating the existence and nature of that disease; and on being satisfied that a notifiable disease exists he shall –

(a)                make a report to the Chief Veterinary Officer, and

(b)        cause all owners of animals in the neighbourhood to be notified of the outbreak of that notifiable disease.

   (5)     A person who contravenes subsection (1) is guilty of an offence.

5.(1)     The Minister may, by notice in the Gazette –

            (a)        declare an area to be an infected area; and

(b)        for the purpose of preventing a notifiable disease or the spread of a notifiable disease, prohibit the movement of all animals or of a particular animal or class of animal from, to, through or within an infected area or another specified area.

   (2)     In an infected area –

(a)        no animals shall be removed from or into the area, or from place to place to place within the area, without the written permission of the Chief Veterinary Officer;

(b)        no animal shall be moved from the area unless previously treated in the manner directed by the Chief Veterinary Officer;

(c)        all animals shall be herded as far as possible from roads;

(d)        the Chief Veterinary Officer may require the owner or person in charge of an animal to isolate that animal from other animals within the area, or to remove that animal from the area;

(e)        no person shall leave the area unless he complies with such reasonable precautions for preventing the spread of a notifiable disease as may be required by the Inspector in charge of the area; and

(f)        he carcass of animals infected with a notifiable

            disease shall be disposed of in accordance with any general or specified instructions issued by an Inspector.

   (3)     The Minister may by regulations make further provisions for the control of animals or persons in infected areas.

            (4)        A person who contravenes any provision of, or made under, subsection (1), (2) or (3) is  guilty of an offence.

 

PART III – INSPECTORS ETC

 

6.(1)     For the purposes of this Act the Minister may by notice in the Gazette appoint such number of Inspector as he may consider necessary.

(2)     Every Veterinary Officer in the employment of the Government shall be an Inspector for the purposes of this Act.

7.         An Inspector may for the purpose of inspecting for, detecting or diagnosing a notifiable disease –

            (a)        clinically examine an animal, carcase or animal product;

            (b)        cause a specimen to be taken from an animal, carcase or animal product; or

(c)        apply or cause to be applied to an animal, carcase or animal product any test which he may consider necessary.

8.         For the purpose of this Act, an Inspector may apply or cause to be applied an identification mark to an animal, carcase, animal product, container, premises, equipment, vehicle or aircraft.

9.(1)     For the purpose of this Act, where an Inspector or a police officer has reasonable grounds for doing so he may enter any land, premises, vehicle, vessel or aircraft and may take with him such persons and things as he considers necessary for those purposes and may –

(a)                search for animals, carcases or animal products;

(b)        exercise powers of inspection and testing under section 7;

(c)        find out whether that land, premises, vehicles, vessels or aircraft has been cleansed and disinfected in accordance with this Act or any statutory instrument, direction, prohibition or condition made or imposed under this Act; or

(d)        do any other thing authorized under this Act.

(2)     The owner or occupier of land, premises, a vehicle, vessel or aircraft which is entered under sub-section (1) shall render such reasonable assistance as may be required of him by the Inspector or police officer.

   (3)     A person who contravenes subsection (2) is guilty of an offence.

10.       An Inspector or police officer may without warrant, stop, detain and search any person where he has reasonable grounds to suspect that the person is contravening this Act.

11.(1)   An Inspector or police officer may seize any animal, carcase or animal product, in respect of which he has reason to suspect that an offence under this Act is being or has been committed, and may remove that animal, carcase or animal product to a place selected by an Inspector, and there detain that animal, carcase or animal product subject to this section.

   (2)     An animal, carcase or animal product seized under sub-section (1) shall be detained subject to the directions of the Chief Veterinary Officer pending the conclusion of any proceedings in respect of the offence concerned.

(3)     If the person who is alleged to have committed the offence is unknown or cannot be found, the animal, carcase or animal product shall be forfeited to the Government.

12.(1)   No person shall prevent, hinder or obstruct an Inspector or police officer in the performance of his functions under this Act.

(2)   A person who contravenes subsection (1) is guilty of an offence.

13.(1)   No action shall lie against the Government, an Inspector, a police officer or any other public officer for any act done or ordered to be done in good faith in pursuance of this Act.

(2)   Subject to section 21, no compensation shall be payable to any person for any act done under this Act

 

PART IV – IMPORT AND QUARANTINE

 

14.(1)   Subject to subsections 2 and 3, no person shall import an animal, carcase, egg or semen.

     (2)(a)           Stock, poultry, or the carcase, egg or semen of stock or poultry;

         (b)           a dog or cat, or the semen of a dog or cat;

         (c)           other animals on a temporary basis in exceptional circumstances,

may be imported under and in accordance with a licence issued by the Chief Veterinary Officer.

     (3)      No animal or substance being imported under a license under subsection (2) shall be deemed to be imported until the Chief Veterinary Officer has certified that all the conditions of that licence have been complied with.

     (4)      An animal, carcase, egg or semen which has been or is about to be imported without a licence may be seized and detained by an Inspector who may direct that the animal, carcase, egg or semen shall be immediately re-exported by the person importing or attempting to import it.

     (5)      Where a direction for re-export under subsection (4) is contravened, an Inspector or police officer shall confiscate that animal, carcase, egg or semen.

     (6)      A person who contravenes –

               (a)     subsection (1)

               (b)     a condition of a licence issued under subsection (2); or

               (c)     a direction under subsection (4)

is guilty of an offence and any animal, carcase, egg or semen in respect of which that offence is committed may be seized by an Inspector or a police officer and, on conviction, shall be forfeited to the Government.

15.          The Minister may, by notice in the Gazette, appoint Animal Quarantine Stations in such places as he may consider necessary.

16.(1)      Every animal imported under a licence issued under section 14(2) shall be

               (a)     removed, as the Chief Veterinary Officer may direct, to an Animal Quarantine Station; and

               (b)     subject to any regulations made under this Act and to the conditions of the licence, kept in quarantine there in such manner and for such period as the Chief Veterinary Officer may direct.

     (2)      Notwithstanding the expiry of the period of quarantine directed by the Chief Veterinary Officer and subject to subsection (3), no person shall remove animal from an Animal Quarantine Station without the prior written authorization of the Chief Veterinary Officer, which may be subject to such conditions as may be specified.

     (3)      The release from quarantine of an animal shall depend on the results of re-inspection, of any diagnostic examination and of any tests which the Chief Veterinary Officer may consider necessary.

(4)      The expenses of and incidental to keeping an animal in quarantine shall be borne by the person importing the animal.

     (5)      An animal shall be kept in an Animal Quarantine Station at the risk of the person importing the animal.

     (6)      If an animal kept in Animal Quarantine Station develops or, in the opinion of the Chief Veterinary Officer, shows symptoms of a notifiable disease, the animal may, with the approval of the Chief Veterinary Officer, be destroyed.

     (7)      No person shall enter an Animal Quarantine Station except with the permission of the Chief Veterinary Officer.

     (8)      A person who contravenes subsection (2), (4) or (7) or any conditions of an authorization under subsection (2) is guilty of an offence.

17.(1)      No person shall remove fodder or litter from –

               (a)     a vessel or aircraft in which it has been imported; or

               (b)     an Animal Quarantine Station,

except to dispose of it as directed by the Chief Veterinary Officer.

     (2)      No person shall remove a kennel, crate or any animal clothing from –

               (a)     a vessel or aircraft in which it has been imported; or

               (b)     an Animal Quarantine Station,

unless –

(i)           the Chief Veterinary Officer has given permission for the removal; and

(ii)         the kennel, crate or animal clothing has been cleaned and disinfected as directed by the Chief Veterinary Officer.

     (3)      A person who contravenes subsection (1) or (2) or any direction given under those subsections is guilty of an offence.

 

PART V – VACCINES AND DRUGS

 

18.(1)      Subject to section 19, no person shall import for use for an animal any vaccine, serum, toxin, antitoxin or antigen except under and in accordance with a licence issued by the Chief Veterinary Officer.

     (2)      Any substance specified in subsection (1) which has been or is about to be imported without a licence may be seized and detained by an Inspector who may direct that the substance shall be immediately re-exported by the person importing or attempting to import it.

     (3)      where a direction for re-export under sub-section (2) is contravened, an Inspector or a police officer shall confiscate that substance.

     (4)      A person who contravenes –

               (a)     subsection (1);

               (b)     a condition of a licence issued under subsection (1);

               (c)     a direction under subsection (2),

is guilty of an offence and any vaccine, serum, toxin. Antitoxin or antigen in respect of which that offence is committed may be seized by an Inspector or a police officer and on conviction shall be forfeited to the Government.

19.(1)      The Minister my by notice published in the Gazette specify a vaccine or drug as a prohibited vaccine or prohibited drug for the treatment of an animal diseases in Seychelles.

     (2)      A person who knowingly supplies, sells, purchases, obtains or uses a prohibited vaccine or prohibited drug for the treatment of animal diseases is guilty of an offence.

 

PART VI – COMPULSORY SLAUGHTER

 

20.          The Chief Veterinary Officer may slaughter or cause to be slaughtered –

               (a)     an animal affected or suspected of being affected with a notifiable disease; or

               (b)     an animal which has been in contact with an animal affected by a notifiable disease or has been otherwise exposed to the infection of a notifiable disease.

21.(1)      No compensation shall be paid in respect of any animal slaughtered under this Act unless it is stock.

     (2)      Subject to subsections (5) and (6), compensation for stock slaughtered under this Act may be paid to the owner of the stock by the Government as follows –

               (a)     where the stock was affected with a notifiable disease, the lesser of –

                        (i)         one half of its value immediately before it became so affected; or

(ii)        one half of the maximum amount of compensation prescribes under subsection (4) for that type of stock;

(b)         where the stock was not affected with a notifiable disease but was suspected of being affected with a notifiable disease, the lesser of –        

(a)        its value immediately before it was slaughtered; or

(b)        the maximum amount of compensation prescribed under subsection (4) for that type of stock.           

     (3)      The value of stock slaughtered shall be determined in accordance with Schedule 2.

     (4)      The Minister may, by regulations, prescribe the maximum amount of compensation payable under this section in respect of different types of stock.

     (5)      Compensation in respect of stock slaughtered under this Act, my be wholly or partially withheld where the owner of the stock has contravened this Act or an order, notice, direction, prohibition or condition made or imposed under this Act.

     (6)      No compensation shall be payable in respect of an animal slaughtered under this Act if the animal –

               (a)     was affected with disease when imported;

               (b)     becomes affected while in an Animal Quarantine Station; or

               (c)     was imported in contravention of this Act, or of an order, notice, direction, prohibition or condition made or imposed under this Act.

 

PART VII – REGULATIONS

 

*22.        The Minister may make regulations for the better carrying out of the objects and purposes of this Act, including, without prejudice to this generality, the following purposes –

               (a)     the prevention of the introduction of and the prevention and control of notifiable disease including –

(i)         the control of establishments connected with animals and animals products; and

(ii)        The prohibition, restriction or regulation of access of persons to specified places;

               (b)     the isolation, inoculation, removal and slaughter of animals affected with or suspected to be affected with or exposed to a notifiable disease;

               (c)     the burial or destruction of carcases;

               (d)     prescribing –

(i)         ports and places for the import or export of animals, carcases, animal products, fodder or litter; or

(ii)               conditions under which those imports may take place;

(e)     prescribing periods of quarantine or imported animals or animals affected with or suspected to be affected with or exposed to a notifiable disease;

(f)     controlling, prohibiting or regulating the movement of animals, carcases, animal products, fodder or litter into, within, or out of any specified place;

               (g)     controlling artificial insemination of animals;

               (h)     prescribing –

(i)         the disinfection of places and premises in which animals affected by a notifiable disease have been kept;

(ii)        the cleaning disinfection or disinfection of land, premises, a vehicle, vessel or aircraft in which an animal, carcase, animal product, fodder or litter has been placed, kept or carried;

(iii)             the disinfection, cleansing or treatment of animals which have been in contact with animals affected with a notifiable disease or which have been in an infected area;

(iv)       the examination, removal, transport, treatment, cleansing or disinfection of carcases, fodder, litter , dung and other things connected with animals;

(v)        the disinfection of persons (and their clothing) coming into contact with or employed about animals affected with a notifiable disease, or suspected of being so affected or of being in an infected area;

(vi)       standards for or the prohibition of the manufacture of locally manufactured biological or chemical products used for the control of any animal disease;

 (vii)     requiring persons in charge of vessels or aircraft arriving in Seychelles with animals to enter into sureties for compliance with this Act;

(i)          

making provisions for animals in transit through Seychelles.

 

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Note: Subsidiary legislation made under the Animals (Diseases and Importations) Act (Cap 131 of 1972 Edition) and in force on the commencement of this Act are continued in force.

23.          The Minister may prescribe by regulations –

               (a)     fees for the issue of licences under this Act;

               (b)     fees for the examination of animals carried out under this Act;

               (c)     fees and charges for drugs or vaccines supplied by the Government for the treatment of animals;

               (d)     fees and charges for keeping animals in quarantine (including feeding); or

               (e)     fees and charges for or in connection with any services rendered under this Act.

PART VIII – PENALTIES ETC

 

24.(1)      A person guilty of an offence against this Act is liable to imprisonment for 2 years and to a fine of R. 5,000.

     (2)      Where a person is convicted of an offence under this Act, the court may, in addition to or instead of imposing any other punishment, order that –

               (i)      the animal, carcase or animal product in respect of which that offence was committed shall be forfeited to the Government;

               (ii)     the person convicted or the owner of that animal, carcase or animal product, shall pay to the Government such sum as the court considers reasonable to cover the expenses of or connected with its removal to the place of detention, and in the case of an animal

 the cost of its maintenance during that detention, and unless that sum is paid within a reasonable time specified in the order, the animal, carcase or animal product shall be forfeited to the Government.

25.(1)      Notwithstanding any other written law, an animal or thing forfeited or confiscated under this Act shall be disposed of in accordance with the instructions of the Minister.

     (2)      Where an animal or thing is disposed of in terms of this section, a person with any rights in that animal or thing shall not be entitled to an accounting or to compensation for its value.

                                                           

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SCHEDULE 1

Section 3

NOTIFIABLE DISEASES

General

Anthrax

Bluetongue

Brucellosis

Heartwater

Johnes Disease

Foot and Mouth Disease

Leptospirosis

Mange

Tuberculosis

Trypanosomiasis

Horses etc

African Horse Sickness

Epizootic and Ulcerative Lymphangitis

Glanders

Cattle etc.

Cattle Plague (Rinderpest)

Contagious Bovine Pleuro-Pnemonia

Contagius Epididymitis and Cervico-Vaginitis of Cattle

Bovine Virus Diarrhoea (Mucosal Disease)

Cutaneous Streptothricosis (Dermatophilus Infection)

Infectious Bovine Rhino tracheitis – Infectious Pustular Vulvovaginitis

Lumpy Skin Disease

Bovine Skin Disease

Theileriasis

Sheep etc.

Contagious Caprine Pleuro-Pneumonia

Nairobi Sheep Disease

Contagious Pustular Dermatitis

Pox of Sheep and goats

Sheep Scab

Scrapie

Swine etc

Swine Fever (Classical, Africal, and Hog Cholera)

Swine Vesicular Disease

Swine Erysipelas

Transmissible Gastro Enteritis in Swine

Poultry etc.

Anatipestifer infection (duck septicaemia)

Arizona Infection

Avian Influenza

Bicillary white diarrhea (Pullorum disease)

Contagious bronchitis (Infectious bronchitis)

Duck virus enteritis (duck plague)

Duck virus hepatitis

Eastern Equine encephalomyelitis

Fowl cholera (pasteurellosis)

Fowl pest in any of its forms including Newcastle disease and fowl plague

Fowl paralysis (Marek’s disease)

Fowl Pox

Fowl typhoid

Goose influenza

Infectious avian encephalomyelitis

Infectious bursal disease (Gumboro disease)

Infectious laryngo – tracheitis

Leucosis

Mycoplaemosis

Ornithesis

Pneumo-encephalitis

Salmenellosis

Transmissisable enteritis of turkeys

Tuberculosis and Vibrionic hepatitis

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SCHEDULE 2

Section 21

                        VALUATION OF SLAUGHTERED STOCK                                 

1.                  An officer appointed by the Minister shall give written notice to the owner or his agent of his valuation of the animal based on current market value taking into account any residual value of the carcase (if returned to the owner).

2.                  Within 24 hours after the receipt of that notice the owner or his agent may give a written counternotice to the officer stating that the disputes the valuation and his reasons for so doing.

3.                  If counter-notice is not given in terms of paragraph 2, compensation shall be paid on that valuation.

4.                  If counter-notice is given in terms of paragraph 2, the value of the animal shall be determined after consideration of the first valuation and of the reasons in the counter-notice by a second officer appointed by the Minister, and his valuation shall be final.

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LAWS OF SEYCHELLES

CHAPTER 9

ANIMALS (DISEASES AND IMPORTS) ACT

SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION

S.I. 48 of 1964

 

SECTION 5

 

THE DECLARATION OF INFECTED AREA ORDER

[21st September 1964]

1.                  This Order may be cited as the Declaration of Infected Area Order.

2.                  The island of Mahe is hereby declared to be an infected area for Newcastle Disease in respect of domestic fowls, turkeys, geese, ducks, guinea fowls, pea fowls and pigeons.

 

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THE DECLARATION OF INFECTED AREA ORDER

[16th August 1966]

 

1.         This order may be cited as the Declaration of Infected Area Order.

2.         The island of Praslin is hereby declared to be an infected area from Newcastle Disease in respect of domestic fowls, turkeys, geese, duck, guinea fowls, pea fowls and pigeons.

 

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SECTION 15

APPOINTMENT OF QUARANTINE DEPOT-LIVESTOCK IMPROVEMENT CENTRE

 

[6th July 1979]

 

The Minister hereby appoints the Livestock Improvement Centre, Grand Anse, Mahe, to be an Animal Quarantine Station for cattle.

 

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S.I. 59 of 1990.

ANIMAL QUARANTINE STATION (PETIT PARIS) NOTICE

[17th December 1990]

1.         This Notice may be cited as the Animal Quarantine Station (Petit Paris) Notice.

2.         The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries hereby appoints the place described in the Schedule to be an Animal Quarantine Station.

 

SCHEDULE

Description of Animal Quarantine Station at Petit Paris

An area of land comprising of 1384 sq. metres situate within parcel S1392 at Petit Paris.

The area is bound as follows –

Starting at cross on the corner of a retaining wall and the fence of the parade ground, 54 metres from the Main Road in position E+332 483.35 N+9485 021.21 thence in a north easterly direction to Iron Peg No.4 for a distance of 48 metres thence in a south easterly direction to Iron Peg No.3 for a distance of 12 metres thence in s southerly direction to Iron Peg No.2 for a distance of 45 metres thence in a westerly direction for a distance of 16 metres thence is a north westerly direction for a distance of 31.0 metres to the starting point.

The area is more particularly described on Plan ML/AND/120 lodged with the Director of Surveys at Victoria, Mahe.

 

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SECTION 22

 

S.I. 49 of 1964

S.I. 14 of 1965

S.I. 50 of 1966.

S.I. 35 of 1967.

ANIMALS (DISEASES AND IMPORTS) (CONTROL OF NEWCASTLE DISEASE) REGULATIONS

[21st September 1964]

1.                  These regulations may be cited as the Animals (Diseases and Imports)(Control of Newcastle Disease) Regulations.

2.                  In these regulations –

“infected area” means an area declared an infected for Newcastle Disease under the provisions of section 5 of the Act.

3.                  No poultry shall be moved from or into an infected area without a written permit issued by the Chief Veterinary Officer and when a permit has been issued only in strict compliance with any conditions or limitations imposed under such permit.

4.                  Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with any of the provisions of regulation 3 of these regulations or any of the conditions or limitations imposed under a permit issued by the Chief Veterinary Officer in accordance with the said regulation, shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable to the penalties prescribed by section 24 of the Act.

 

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S.I. 24 of 1975.

(ANIMALS, BIRDS AND POULTRY) REGULATIONS

[25th March 1975]

ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS

Part I – PRELIMINARY

1.                  Citation

2.                  Interpretation

PART II – GENERAL RESTRICTION ON IMPORTATION

3.         Animals etc. to be imported through Port Victoria or Seychelles International Airport

4.         Restriction on importation of animals and birds

5.         Requirements for importation

6.         Production of certificate

7.         Animals on board vessel or aircraft

8.         Duty of master of vessel

9.         Duty of captain of aircraft

10.       Declaration by master or captain relating to animals

 

PART III – SPECIAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO DOGS AND CATS

11.       Conditions for importation of dogs and cats.

12.       Dogs and cats not to be in contact during transportation.

13.       Conditions for importation by air.

14.       Quarantine period for dogs and cats.

PART IV – SPECIAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO CATTLE, PIGS, SHEEP, GOATS, HORSES AND RABBITS

15.       Conditions for importation of cattle etc.

16.       Quarantine period for cattle etc.

PART V – SPECIAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO POULTRY, BIRDS AND CARCASES

17.       Quarantine period for poultry and birds.

18.       Conditions for importation of parrots.

19.       Quarantine period for parrots.

20.       Conditions for importation of carcasses.

PART IV – MISCELLANEOUS

21.       Provision of food by owner or consignee

22.       Offence.

            SCHEDULE

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PART I – PRELIMINARY

1.                  These Regulations may be cited as the Animals (Diseases and Imports) (Animals, Birds and Poultry) Regulations.

2.                  In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires –

“approved quarantine station: means a quarantine station appointed under section 15 of the Act;

“country of origin” means –

(a)                in relation to any animal, bird or poultry, the country from which the animal, bird or poultry was exported to Seychelles;

(b)               in relation to the carcass of any animal, bird or poultry, the country in which the animal, bird or poultry from which the carcass is derived was slaughtered;

“Veterinarian”, in relation to any animal, bird or poultry or carcass thereof, means a veterinary officer authorized by the Government of the country of origin of such animal, bird or poultry or carcass thereof.

 

PART II – GENERAL RESTRICTIONS ON IMPORTATION

3.         No animal, bird or poultry, or any carcass thereof, or any eggs or fodder or litter shall be imported into Seychelles except through the New Port Victoria, Mahe or Seychelles International Airport.

 

4.(1)     No animals other than dogs, cats, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, horses and rabbits shall be imported into Seychelles.

   (2)     No birds other than single caged parrots of the species Psittacus Erithacus shall be imported into Seychelles.

5.         Any animal, bird or poultry, or any eggs or fodder or litter to be imported into Seychelles shall, prior to its importation, be produced for examination by an inspector at such place as the Chief Veterinary Officer may appoint for the purpose and shall not be removed therefrom except with the express permission of the inspector.

6.(1)     No animal, bird or poultry, or any carcass thereof, or egg shall be imported into Seychelles unless –

            (a)        there shall be produced to an inspector a certificate from a Veterinarian issued not more than ten days before the animal, bird or poultry, or carcass, or egg was exported from the country of origin stating –

(i)         that the animal, poultry or bird, or carcass, or egg has come from an area free of any disease specified in the import licence relating thereto; and

(ii)        that the animal. Poultry or bird is free from any symptoms of infectious or contagious disease and

(b)        the certificate produced specifies the mark whereby the animal, bird or poultry, or carcass, or egg can be identified; and

(c)        the inspector to whom the certificate is produced is satisfied that the animal, bird or poultry, or carcass, or egg is individually identifiable by brand, mark, horn brand, ear tattoo, ear tag, leg tag or other similar means of identification.

   (2)     In the case of any animal specified in the Schedule hereto or any carcass, the certificate required by sub-regulation (1) shall state the particulars listed in the Schedule in addition to those required by sub-regulation

7.(1)     Where any vessel or aircraft arrives in Seychelles from any place outside Seychelles, any animal or bird or poultry to which this regulation applies on board such vessel or aircraft shall, while the vessel or aircraft remains in Seychelles, be confined in an enclosed part of the vessel or aircraft and, in the case of a domestic dog, shall be secured to some part of the vessel or aircraft by a collar and chain and muzzled with a wire cage muzzle so constructed as to render it impossible for such dog while muzzled to bite any person or animal.

   (2)     if any animal or bird or poultry to which this regulation applies shall die on board or be lost from a vessel or aircraft in Seychelles, the person incharge of the vessel or aircraft shall forthwith give notice of such death or loss to the Chief Veterinary Officer in Seychelles.

   (3)     Notwithstanding sub-regulation (1), an inspector may seize and detain any animal or bird or poultry to which this regulation applies found on board any vessel or aircraft after arrival in Seychelles from any place outside Seychelles and may direct that any animal or bird or poultry so seized and detained shall be confined to such place as the Chief Veterinary Officer may appoint for the purpose.

   (4)     The provisions of this regulation shall apply to any animal or bird or poultry not accompanied by an import licence granted by the Chie veterinary Officer under section 18 of the Act authorizing the importation of such animal or bird or poultry into Seychelles.

8.(1)     The master of any vessel arriving in Port Victoria from outside Seychelles shall declare to the Collector of Customs or any customs officer the presence of any animal, bird or poultry on board the vessel whether or not such animal, bird or poultry is intended to be imported into Seychelles and give the name and address of the owner or consignee (if any) and a description of the animal, bird or poultry.

   (2)     The Collector of Customs shall forthwith report any declaration under sub-regulation (1) to the Chief Veterinary Officer.

9.(1)     The captain of any aircraft arriving in Seychelles International Airport from outside Seychelles shall declare to the Collector of Customs or any customs officer the presence of any animal, bird or poultry on board the aircraft whether or not such animal, bird or poultry is intended to be imported into Seychelles, and give the name and address of the owner or consignee (if any) and a description of the animal, bird or poultry.

   (2)     The Collector of Customs shall forthwith report any declaration under sub-regulation (1) to the Chief Veterinary Officer.

10.       No animal shall be imported into Seychelles on arrival by sea or air from outside Seychelles unless the master of the vessel or captain of the aircraft in which the animal was transported signs and produces to an inspector a declaration in such form as may be required by the Chief Veterinary Officer stating whether such animal has been unloaded from the vessel or aircraft at any intermediate port or airport and whether it has been in contact with any other animal.

PART III – SPECIAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO DOGS AND CATS

11.(1)   No dog or cat shall be imported into Seychelles unless such dog or cat is imported directly from Great Britain, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland.

   (2)     No male or female dog of any of the following breeds shall be imported unless it has been sterilized by castration or ovaro-hysterectomy:

            (a)        Alsatian or German Sheperd;

            (b)        Doberman;

            (c)        Bull Terrier;

            (d)        Greyhound;

            (e)        Whippet;

            (f)        Bull Mastiff;

            (g)        Ridge-back;

            (h)        Bulldog

            (i)         Great Dane.

12.       Except with the permission of the Chief Veterinary Officer, no dog or cat from outside Seychelles shall be imported into Seychelles if during the period of transporting to Seychelles it has been in contact with any dog or cat in respect transportation of which no certificate is in force as required by regulation 6 or it was unloaded at any intermediate port or import.

13.(1)   No dog or cat shall be imported into Seychelles by air unless it shall have been transported in a sealed container bound with metal tape and having provision for feeding and watering such dog or cat without necessitating its release.

   (2)     If on inspection by an inspector the seal of the container in which the dog or cat was transported is found to be damaged or broken, such dog or cat shall be held in secure custody at the airport at the owner’s risk until a decision has been made by the Chief Veterinary Officer with regard to its disposal, and such decision shall be final.

14.       Any dog or cat imported by air in accordance with these Regulations shall be conveyed in such manner as an inspector may direct in the container in which it has been imported to an approved quarantine depot where it shall b detained in isolation for a minimum period of fifteen days.

PART IV – SPECIAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO CATTLE PIGS, SHEEP, GOATS, HORSES AND RABBITS

15.       No cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, horses or rabbits shall be imported into Seychelles unless the cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, horses or rabbits are imported directly from Great Britain, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or from such other country as the Chief Veterinary Officer may approve.

16.       Any cattle, pig, sheep, goats, horses or rabbits imported under these Regulations shall be conveyed in such manner as an inspector may direct to an approved quarantine station and shall be detained in isolation for a minimum period of thirty days.

 

PART V – SPECIAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO POULTRY BIRDS AND CARCASSES

17.(1)   Any poultry or bird shall on importation be conveyed in such manner as an inspector may direct to an approved quarantine station and shall be detained in isolation for a minimum period of fifteen days.

   (2)     The Chief Veterinary Officer may waive the requirements of this regulation in the case of day-old chicks.

18.       No parrot shall be imported into Seychelles unless the Chief Veterinary Officer is satisfied that the parrot is a pet-bird and has been in the personal care of the person seeking to import it for at least six months prior to importation.

19.       Any parrot shall on importation be conveyed in such manner as an inspector may direct to an approved quarantine station where it shall be detained in isolation for a minimum period of fifteen days.

20.       Except with the permission of the Chief Veterinary Officer, no carcass from outside Seychelles shall be imported into Seychelles if during the period of transportation it was unloaded at any intermediate port or airport.

PART VI – MISCELLANEOUS

21.       The Chief Veterinary Officer may require in respect of the grant of an import licence, as a condition thereof, that the owner or consignee of any animal, bird or poultry to be imported into Seychelles shall provide food at his own expense for such animal, bird or poultry imported into Seychelles while such animal, bird or poultry is detained in an approved quarantine station.

22.       Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with any of the provisions of these Regulations shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding five thousand rupees or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to both such fine and such imprisonment.

 

SCHEDULE

Regulation 6

PART I – ADDITIONAL PARTICULARS RELATING TO DOGS AND CATS

In the case of a dog or cat every certificate shall state the following additional particulars:

(a)                that such dog or cat has been sprayed or otherwise treated with insecticide so as to eliminate ectoparasites;

(b)               that there has been no rabies among unquarantined dogs, cats or other animals in the country from which the dog or cat was imported during the six months preceding importation;

(c)                that such dog or cat has been kept in Great Britain, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland for not less than six months;

(d)               in the case of a male or female dog of any of the breeds set out in sub-regulation (2) of regulation 11 of these Regulations that the male or female dog has been sterilized by castration or ovaro-hysterectomy.

 

PART II – ADDITIONAL PARTICULARS RELATING TO CARCASSES

 

In the case of a carcass every certificate shall state the following additional particulars:

(a)                that the carcass was derived from a far or ranch known to be free from the infectious or contagious diseases specified in the import licence;

(b)        that an ante and post mortem examination was carried out by a qualified Veterinary Surgeon and that the animal or poultry and carcass thereof were found free from the infectious or contagious diseases specified in the import licence;

            (c)        that the carcass was held in cold storage for a period of at least two weeks prior to                   carcass leaving the country or origin for Seychelles;

            (d)        that the carcass was prepared and handled in a sanitary manner, and was not exposed to any infectious or contagious disease while in cold storage and during transit to the port or airport of export.

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S.I 16 of 1982

Animals (Disease and Imports) (Places for Import or Export) Regulations

[22nd March 1982]

1.                  These Regulations may be cited as the Animals (Diseases and Imports) (Places for Import or Export) Regulations.

2.       The following port and place are prescribed for the import or export of animals, carcass, animal products, fodder or litter –

(a)                New Port, Victoria, Mahe; and

(b)        Seychelles International Airport, Pointe Larue, Mahe.

 

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