Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013

Use of anaesthetics, etc.

17.—(1) A person shall not, except in accordance with animal health and welfare regulations, perform an operation or procedure (with or without the use of instruments) involving interference with the sensitive tissue or bone structure of an animal without the use of an appropriate anaesthetic or analgesic administered so as to prevent or relieve any pain during or arising from the operation or procedure.

(2) A person who contravenes this section commits an offence.