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Long Title

Part I PRELIMINARY

Part II IMPORTATION, TRANSHIPMENT, EXPORTATION OF ANIMALS AND BIRDS AND POSSESSION OF NOXIOUS INSECTS, ETC.

Importation

Exportation

Part III PREVENTION OF SPREAD OF DISEASE

General

Special provisions relating to animals (other than dogs and cats) and birds

Special provisions relating to dogs and cats in connection with rabies

Part IV PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

Part V CONTROL OF LIVESTOCK

Part VI SEARCH, SEIZURE AND ARREST

Part VII LICENSING OF VETERINARY CENTRE, VETERINARY BIOLOGICS AND KEEPING, BREEDING, ETC., OF ANIMAL OR BIRD

Part VIII QUARANTINE

Part IX OFFENCES AND PENALTIES

Part X MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

Legislative History

Comparative Table

 
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PART X
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
Fees, etc., payable to Authority
70.  All fees, charges, composition fines and moneys collected under this Act shall be paid to the Authority.
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Expenses
71.  Any expense incurred by an authorised officer or other officer in the exercise of the powers conferred on him by this Act or any rule, order or direction made or given thereunder shall be charged against the owner, consignor, consignee or importer, as the case may be, of the animal, bird, carcase, article, building or conveyance concerned and may be recovered as a civil debt.
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Action to be at risk and expense of owner
72.
—(1)  Any action taken under the provisions of this Act or of any rule, order or direction made or given thereunder in respect of any animal, bird, carcase, article, building or conveyance shall be at the risk of the owner thereof.
(2)  No liability shall attach to the Authority or to any officer thereof in respect of any expense, loss, damage or delay arising in or from the lawful exercise of the powers under this Act.
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Powers of Director-General and authorised officer in cases of non-compliance with Act or any direction or order
73.
—(1)  If a person to whom any of the provisions of this Act applies or to whom any direction or order is given under this Act fails to comply with such provision, direction or order, then, without prejudice to any proceedings that may be instituted against such person for such non-compliance, the Director-General or an authorised officer may perform any act or take any measure as is required by the provision, direction or order to be performed or taken and recover any costs and expenses reasonably incurred by him from that person.
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(2)  In exercising the powers conferred by subsection (1), the Director-General or authorised officer may, without warrant, enter any premises, vehicle, ship or aircraft and, if the circumstances so warrant, may use such force as may be necessary to effect such entry.
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Power to require production of documents, etc.
74.
—(1)  For the purpose of discharging his functions and duties under this Act, the Director-General or an authorised officer may at any time require any person —
(a)
to produce to the Director-General or authorised officer for inspection or for the purpose of obtaining copies or extracts, or to provide the Director-General or authorised officer with copies or extracts of, any book, shipping bill, bill of lading or other document or record that the Director-General or authorised officer believes on reasonable grounds to contain any information relevant to the administration or enforcement of this Act; or
(b)
to furnish any information as the Director-General or authorised officer may reasonably require.
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(2)  The Director-General or an authorised officer may record any information furnished by any person under subsection (1)(b) as a statement which shall be admissible as evidence in any proceedings in connection with any offence under this Act.
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(3)  Any person who fails to comply with any requirement made by the Director-General or an authorised officer under subsection (1)(a) or (b) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.
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Form and authentication of notices, orders and other documents
75.
—(1)  All notices, orders and other documents of whatsoever nature which the Director-General is empowered to give by this Act may be in such form as the Director-General may determine, and may be given by any authorised officer.
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(2)  Where any such notice, order or document requires authentication —
(a)
the signature of the Director-General or an authorised officer; or
(b)
an official facsimile of such signature,
appended thereto shall be sufficient authentication.
[69E
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Inaccuracies in documents
76.
—(1)  No misnomer or inaccurate description of any person, animal, bird, premises, building, street, place, vehicle, aircraft, ship or other conveyance named or described in any notice, order or document prepared, issued or served under or for the purposes of this Act shall in any way affect the operation of this Act as respects that person, animal, bird, premises, building, street, place, vehicle, aircraft, ship or other conveyance if that person, animal, bird, premises, building, street, place, vehicle, aircraft, ship or other conveyance is so designated in the notice, order or document as to be identifiable.
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(2)  No proceedings taken under or by virtue of this Act shall be invalid for want of form.
[69F
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Service of documents
77.
—(1)  Any notice, order or document required or authorised by this Act to be served on any person, and any summons issued by a court against any person in connection with any offence under this Act may be served on the person —
(a)
by delivering it to the person or to some adult member or employee of his family or household at his usual or last known place of residence;
(b)
by leaving it at his usual or last known place of residence or business in an envelope addressed to the person;
(c)
by sending it by registered post addressed to the person at his usual or last known place of residence or business; or
(d)
in the case of an incorporated company, a partnership or a body of persons —
(i)
by delivering it to the secretary or other like officer of the company, partnership or body of persons at its registered office or principal place of business; or
(ii)
by sending it by registered post addressed to the company, partnership or body of persons at its registered office or principal place of business.
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(2)  Any notice, order, document or summons sent by registered post to any person in accordance with subsection (1) shall be deemed to be duly served on the person at the time when the notice, order, document or summons, as the case may be, would in the ordinary course of post be delivered and, in proving service of the notice, order, document or summons, it shall be sufficient to prove that the envelope containing the same was properly addressed, stamped and posted by registered post.
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(3)  Any notice, order or document required or authorised by this Act to be served on the owner or occupier of any premises or any summons issued by a court against any such owner or occupier in connection with any offence under this Act may be served by delivering it or a true copy thereof to some adult person on the premises or, if there is no such person on the premises to whom it can with reasonable diligence be delivered, by affixing the notice, order, document or summons to some conspicuous part of the premises.
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(4)  Any notice, order or document required or authorised by this Act to be served on the owner or occupier of any premises or any summons issued by a court against any such owner or occupier in connection with any offence under this Act shall be deemed to be properly addressed if addressed by the description of the owner or occupier of the premises without further name or description.
[69G
[10/2002]
Protection from liability
78.  No suit or other legal proceedings shall lie against the Authority, the Director-General or any authorised officer, police officer, officer of customs or any other person acting under the direction of the Authority or Director-General for anything which is in good faith done in the execution or purported execution of this Act.
[69H
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Exemption
79.  The Director-General may, subject to any general or special directions of the Minister, exempt any person, premises, animal or bird or any class of persons, premises, animals or birds from any of the provisions of this Act.
[69L
[10/2002]
Rules
80.
—(1)  The Minister may make rules for carrying out the purposes of this Act and for any matter which is required under this Act to be prescribed.
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(2)  Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), the Minister may make rules —
(a)
to provide for the designation of an authorised examiner, the conditions to be complied with by an authorised examiner and the suspension or revocation of any such designation;
(b)
to provide for the manner in which the quarantining, examination, treatment and certification of animals and birds are to be carried out;
(c)
to regulate the import, export and transhipment of animals, birds or carcases;
(d)
to provide for the prevention of the introduction and spread and for the control and eradication of diseases of animals and birds;
(e)
to provide for the cleansing or disinfection of buildings, vehicles, aircraft or ships in which diseased animals, birds or carcases have been kept or carried;
(f)
to provide for the disinfection of persons and the disinfection and treatment of animals, birds or articles that have been in contact with diseased animals, birds or carcases;
(g)
to regulate and control the sale, marketing and distribution of animals and birds and their products;
(h)
to provide for the licensing, control, supervision and inspection of places in which animals or birds are or may be kept in captivity for sale, export, exhibition, production, or any other purpose;
(i)
to provide for the inspection of premises subject to this Act and of vehicles, aircraft or ships used for the carriage of animals and birds;
(j)
to provide for the control of pollution caused by animals and the imposition of fees and charges for the purpose of such control together with the time, place and manner of collection;
(k)
to provide for the control and improvement of animal or bird production in respect of breeding, nutrition, health, management, husbandry and method of production;
(l)
to provide for the supply, collection and compilation of information and statistics of animals and birds and their products;
(m)
to provide for the establishment and designation of quarantine stations;
(n)
to regulate the management and maintenance of quarantine stations and veterinary centres;
(o)
to prescribe the fees to be charged for the purposes of this Act; and
(p)
to prescribe the offences which may be compounded under section 69 and the method and procedure by which such offences may be compounded.
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(3)  The Minister may, in making any rules, provide that any contravention of, or failure or neglect to comply with, any provision of the rules or any directive issued by the Director-General pursuant to the rules shall be an offence punishable with a fine not exceeding $10,000 or with imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or with both.
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(4)  All rules made under this Act shall be presented to Parliament as soon as possible after publication in the Gazette.
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