Section 15 Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1978 | Poisoning Animals


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Section 15 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1978 (NSW) is Poisoning Animals and is extracted below.

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15 Poisons not to be administered to animals

(1) In this section, “poison” includes:
(a) a substance included in the list, as in force for the time being, proclaimed under section 8 of the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966 (or a substance that includes such a substance), or (b) a substance containing glass or any other thing likely to kill or injure an animal.

(2) A person shall not:
(a) administer a poison, or a substance containing a poison, to a domestic animal,
(b) with the intention of destroying or injuring a domestic animal, throw, cast, drop, leave or lay a poison, or a substance containing a poison, in any place, or
(c) have in his or her possession a poison with the intention of using it to kill or injure a domestic animal.

Maximum penalty: 1,000 penalty units in the case of a corporation and 200 penalty units or imprisonment for 2 years, or both, in the case of an individual.