Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 No 200
26B Power of sale-yard or abattoir managers to destroy animals
(1) This section applies in respect of an animal in a sale-yard or abattoir that, in the opinion of the manager of the sale-yard or abattoir:(a) is so severely injured, so diseased or in such a physical condition that it is cruel to keep it alive, and(b) is not about to be destroyed, or is about to be destroyed in a manner that will inflict unnecessary pain on the animal.(2) The manager of the sale-yard or abattoir may destroy, or cause to be destroyed, an animal to which this section applies in a manner that causes it to die quickly and without unnecessary pain.(3) The manager of the sale-yard or abattoir, when destroying an animal in accordance with this section, is taken to have the same powers as an officer has to destroy an animal under this Act.