Foot-And-Mouth Disease Order, 1956

JurisdictionIreland
CitationIR SI 324/1956
Year1956

S.I. No. 324 of 1956.

FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE ORDER, 1956.

ARRANGEMENT OF ARTICLES.

Article.

PART I.

PRELIMINARY.

1. Short title.

2. Definitions.

PART II.

INFECTED PLACES.

3. Notification of disease.

4. Notification of disease by veterinary surgeon.

5. Inquiry by local authority as to existence of disease.

6. Certificate by veterinary inspector as to suspected cases.

7. Restrictions on movement of animals etc., in area of outbreak.

8. Movement of animals etc., under licence.

9. Declaration of an infected place.

10. Notification of persons on and animals etc. moved from infected place.

11. Removal of dung and other things.

12. Disinfection of sheds, etc.

13. Prohibition on movement of animals exposed to infection.

14. Power to require isolation of animals.

15. Direction for housing or removal of animals.

16. Prohibition on exposure of diseased and suspected animals and carcases.

17. Foot-and-mouth disease found or suspected in market, railway station, etc.

18. Notification of Department of Agriculture and Gárda Síochána.

19. Powers to prevent spread of disease.

20. Information to be furnished as to animals at market, etc., where diseased animal was exposed for sale.

21. General provisions as to movement of animals and carcases.

22. Assessment of compensation for slaughter and destruction of animals and carcases.

23. Disposal of carcases.

24. Digging up of carcases.

25. Information by persons landing in the State.

26. Disinfection of persons landing in the State.

27. Disinfection of implements, etc., landing in the State.

PART III.

INFECTED AREA.

Article.

28. Declaration of infected area.

29. Extension of meaning of infected area.

30. Movement out of infected area.

31. Movement into infected area.

32. Movement within infected area.

33. Closing or restricting of operations of creameries.

34. Control of dogs and poultry.

35. Movement of animals, etc., through infected area by railway.

36. Sheep dipping.

37. Treatment of animals.

38. Power to close paths and premises.

39. Disinfection of vehicles and apparatus.

40. Prohibition of certain sports.

PART IV.

CONTROLLED AREA.

41. Declaration of controlled area.

42. Extension of meaning of controlled area.

43. Movement within controlled area.

44. Control of dogs and poultry in controlled area.

45. Movement of animals, etc., through controlled area by railway.

46. Prohibition of certain sports in controlled area.

PART V.

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS.

47. Licences.

48. Production of licence and giving of information.

49. Execution of order by local authority.

50. Recovery by Minister of expenses of execution of order.

51. Application of order to infected place, infected area, notices and licences under Foot-and-Mouth Disease Order, 1950.

52. Offences of committing or aiding commission of breach of order, etc.

53. Revocations.

FIRST SCHEDULE.

RULES APPLICABLE TO INFECTED PLACE.

SECOND SCHEDULE.

FORMS.

S.I. No. 324 of 1956.

FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE ORDER, 1956.

I, JAMES M. DILLON, Minister for Agriculture, in exercise of the powers conferred on me by the joint operation of the Diseases of Animals Acts, 1894 to 1954, and the Agriculture Acts, 1931 to 1955, hereby order as follows :—

PART I. PRELIMINARY.

1 Short title

1. This Order may be cited as the Foot-and-Mouth Disease Order, 1956.

2 Definitions

2. (1) In this Order—

" animals " means cattle, sheep, goats, all other ruminating animals and swine ;

" approved disinfectant " means a disinfectant approved by the Minister under the Diseases of Animals (Disinfection) Order, 1931 ( S. R. & O. No. 59 of 1931 ) ;

" carcase " means the carcase of an animal and includes any part of the carcase, dressed or undressed ;

" controlled area " means a specified area declared by an order of the Minister to be a controlled area ;

" diseased animal " messes an animal affected with foot-and-mouth disease ;

" disinfect " means disinfect with an approved disinfectant ;

" farm produce " means hay, straw, fodder, crops, eggs, milk, butter, cheese and all other kindred products which may be grown or produced on a farm ;

" hunting " means the use of bounds, beagles or other dogs, for the purpose of hunting or coursing any deer, fox, otter, hare or rabbit, or for hunting any drag trail ;

" infected area " means a specified area declared by an order of the Minister to be an infected area ;

" lair " means any place used for the reception or temporary, detention of animals ;

" licence " means a licence under Article 47 ;

" local authority " means the council of a county or the corporation of a county borough ;

" the Minister " means the Minister for Agriculture ;

" the secretary of a local authority " includes the manager of a county borough ;

" suspected animal " means an animal suspected of being affected with foot-and-mouth disease ;

(2) Subject to Article 49, the functions conferred by this Order on a veterinary inspector, other than those conferred by Article 5 on a veterinary inspector of a local authority, shall be exercisable only by a veterinary inspector anthorised by the Minister to exercise such functions.

(3) For the purposes of this Order a farm or premises partly within and partly outside a given radius shall be deemed to be wholly within the radius.

(4) The Interpretation Act, 1937 (No. 38 of 1937), applies to this Order.

PART II. INFECTED PLACES.

3 Notification of Disease

3. (1) Every person having or having had in his possession or under his charge an animal or carcase affected with or suspected of being affected with foot-and-mouth disease shall immediately give notice of the infection or suspicion of infection to a member of the Gárda Síochána at the nearest Gárda Síochána station who shall immediately inform the Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Dublin and the secretary of the local authority.

(2) Subject to the provisions of this Order, no person shall, for a period of twenty-four hours after notice is given under paragraph (1) of this Article, leave the land or premises concerned and no animal, carcase, horse, ass, mule, dog, cat, poultry or thing shall be removed, or permitted to move, from such land or premises.

4 Notification of disease by veterinary surgeon.

4. (1) A veterinary surgeon, who examines any animal or carcase and is of opinion that the animal or carcase is affected with foot-and-mouth disease or was so affected when it died or was slaughtered, shall immediately give notice of the infection or suspicion of infection to a member of the Gárda Síochána at the nearest Gárda Síochána station.

(2) The member of the Gárda Síochána shall immediately inform the Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Dublin, and the secretary of the local authority.

(3) A veterinary surgeon, before leaving any land or premises on which foot-and-mouth disease exists or is suspected to exist, shall thoroughly disinfect his hands, boots, clothes and overalls and take all other reasonable precautions to prevent the spread of disease.

5 Inquiry by local authority as to existence of disease.

5. (1) A local authority at the request of the Minister shall cause such inquiry to be made by a veterinary inspector of the local authority as the Minister may direct into the existence or suspected existence of foot-and-mouth disease in the area.

(2) The local authority shall report the result of the inquiry to the Minister as soon as possible.

(3) The Minister may cause further inquiries to be made by a veterinary inspector.

(4) A person making an inquiry under this Article, before entering any land or premises on which foot-and-mouth disease exists or is suspected to exist, shall put on suitable boots and overall clothing which are capable of being disinfected and, immediately before leaving the land or premises, shall thoroughly disinfect his hands, boots, clothes and overalls.

(5) The owner or occupier of any land or premises on which there is or has been an animal or carcase affected with or suspected of being affected with foot-and-mouth disease, the veterinary surgeon, if any, who has been attending or been consulted respecting the animal or carcase and any person who has been in charge of the animal or carcase or in any manner exposed to infection by contact with it or otherwise, shall—

(a) give all reasonable facilities for an inquiry under this Article and generally for the due execution and enforcement of the provisions of this Article by the Minister, the local authority and their officers.

(b) if so required by the Minister or the local authority or their officers, give such information as he possesses as to the animal or carcase and as to any other animal or carcase with which he may have come in contact on any other land or premises which be may have visited where animals or carcases are or were kept.

6 Certificate by veterinary inspector as to suspected cases.

6. (1) Where a veterinary, inspector on inspection of an animal or carcase is of opinion that the animal or carcase is affected with foot-and-mouth disease, he shall sign a certificate to that effect (in the Form A set out in the Second Schedule to this Order) and send a copy of the certificate to the Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Dublin, and to the officer, in charge of the nearest Gárda Síochána station.

(2) The veterinary inspector shall immediately give notice that he has signed the certificate, stating the place to which the certificate relates and the date and hour on which it was signed to :—

(a) the Superintendent of each Gárda Síochána area which is wholly or partly within a radius of five miles of the outbreak or suspected outbreak,

(b) the Station Master of each railway station which is within a radius of five miles of the outbreak or suspected outbreak,

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