Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act
- Commenced on 19 August 1960
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 2016 and includes any amendments published up to 31 December 2017.]
- [Note: This version of the Act was revised and consolidated by the Law Development Commission of Zimbabwe]
1. Short titleThis Act may be cited as the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act [Chapter 19:09].
2. InterpretationIn this Act—“animal” means—(a)any kind of domestic vertebrate animal;(b)any kind of wild vertebrate animal in captivity;(c)the young of any animal referred to in paragraph (a) or (b);“inspector” means a person who has been appointed as an inspector in terms of section fifteen;“knacker” means any person whose trade or business it is to kill any horse, mule, ass, bovine, sheep, goat or pig, the meat of which is primarily intended for animals;“Minister” means the Minister of Environment and Tourism or any other Minister to whom the President may, from time to time, assign the administration of this Act;“offence” means an offence under this Act;“operation” means any operation performed on any animal, with or without the use of instruments, which involves interference with the sensitive tissues or the bone structure of an animal, other than—(a)the making of injections or extractions by means of a hollow needle; or(b)an operation included in the Schedule;“owner”, in addition to its ordinary meaning, includes any person having the charge, custody or control of any animal;“wild animal” includes wild bird and reptile.
4. Knackers to comply with regulations
5. Control of pet shops, boarding kennels, etc.
6. Sale and use of poisoned grain prohibitedAny person who—
7. Custody of animals and vehicles pending proceedings
8. Court may order destruction of animal
9. Court may deprive owner of ownership or order disposal of animal
10. Power of police officer or inspector to remove animal for treatment
11. Destruction of animal by police officer or inspector
12. Entry by police officer or inspector
13. Arrest without warrantEvery person who is suspected on reasonable grounds of having committed an offence may, if there is reason to believe that the ends of justice would be defeated by the delay in obtaining a warrant, be arrested without warrant by a police officer, and shall be brought before a magistrates court and dealt with in accordance with this Act.
14. Separate charges in respect of each animalSeparate charges may be brought against any person or persons in respect of each animal if more than one are concerned.
15. Appointment of inspectors
History of this document
19 August 1960