S.I. No. 110/1953 - Prohibition of Storage of Rabbits Order, 1953.

S.I. No. 110 of 1953.


I, THOMAS WALSH, Minister for Agriculture, in exercise of the powers conferred on me by the Agricultural and Fishery Products (Regulation of Export) Act, 1947 (No. 18 of 1947), and of every and any other power me in this behalf enabling, hereby order as follows :

1. This Order may be cited as the Prohibition of Storage of Rabbits Order, 1953.

2. In this Order—

" the appointed period " means the period beginning on the 28th day of March, 1953, and ending on the 24th day of September, 1953 ;

" inspector " means a person appointed by the Minister to be an inspector for the purposes of this Order ;

" the Minister " means the Minister for Agriculture ;

" package " includes any case, container or other receptacle containing or capable of containing rabbits ;

" rabbit " means a dead rabbit and includes a Belgian hare ;

" store " means any premises used or capable of being used for storing rabbits.

3. During the appointed period, no person shall

(a) consign or deliver rabbits to or place rabbits in any store, or

(b) accept delivery of rabbits at, or retain rabbits in, any store.

4. During the appointed period, an inspector may enter any store at all reasonable times and do all or any of the following things therein, that is to say—

(a) inspect any package found in the store,

(b) open, or require the person for the time being in charge of the store to open, any package found in the store which the inspector reasonably believes or suspects to be a package containing rabbits,

(c) examine any rabbits found in the store, whether contained in a package or not.

5.—(1) Where during the appointed period an inspector finds rabbits in any store, he may require the proprietor or the person for the time being in charge of the store to remove the rabbits from the store.

(2) Where any person is required under this Article to remove rabbits from a store, he shall forthwith comply with the requirements.

6. This Order shall not apply to the storage of rabbits—

(a) in a dwelling-house where such rabbits are stored by the occupier for his own domestic use, or

(b) in a hotel or restaurant where such rabbits are stored by the proprietor for subsequent sale as part of a meal, or

(c) in a shop where such rabbits are stored by the proprietor for retail sale, or

(d) in a store in respect of which a licence under Article 7 of this Order is in force.

7.—(1) The Minister may grant to any person a licence to store rabbits in a specified store and may attach conditions to such licence.

(2) Where any condition is attached to a licence under this Article, the holder of the licence shall comply with such condition.

GIVEN under my Official Seal, this 23rd day of March, 1953.


Minister for Agriculture.