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Contents (1979 - 200)
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 No 200
Current version for 7 July 2017 to date (accessed 16 December 2017 at 18:19)
Part 2 Section 10
10   Tethering of animals
(1)  A person shall not:
(a)  tether an animal, or
(b)  where the person is a person in charge of an animal—authorise the tethering of the animal,
for an unreasonable length of time or by means of an unreasonably heavy, or unreasonably short, tether.
Maximum penalty: 250 penalty units in the case of a corporation and 50 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both, in the case of an individual.
(2)  A person must not tether a sow in a piggery.
Maximum penalty: 250 penalty units in the case of a corporation or 50 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both, in the case of an individual.
(3)  A person must not confine a bird by means of a tether.
Maximum penalty: 250 penalty units in the case of a corporation and 50 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both, in the case of an individual.
(4)  It is a defence to a prosecution for an offence against subsection (3) if the defendant satisfies the court that the bird to which the offence relates was a raptor and that the tether involved was a jess that was used solely to tether the bird to its handler.