Section 23 Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1978 | Setting Traps


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The Legislation

Section 23 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1978 (NSW) is Setting Traps and is extracted below.

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23 Certain traps not to be set

(1) A person shall not, in a prescribed part of New South Wales, set a trap of a prescribed type. 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:
(a) in any part of New South Wales, set a steel-jawed trap, or
(b) possess a steel-jawed trap with the intention of using it to trap an animal.
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.

(3) In this section:”steel-jawed trap” means a trap that has jaws that are made of steel, iron or other metal and that are designed to spring together and trap an animal when a leg or other part of the animal’s body comes into contact with, or is placed between, the jaws, but does not include a soft-jawed trap (that is, a trap with steel jaws that are offset and padded).