121. Duty to ensure the welfare of animals.

A person1 commits an offence if he does not take such steps as are reasonable in all the circumstances to ensure that the needs of an animal2 for which he is responsible3 are met to the extent required by good practice4.

For the purposes of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, an animal's needs are taken to include:


    (1)     its need for a suitable environment;


    (2)     its need for a suitable diet;


    (3)     its need to be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns;


    (4)     any need it has to be housed with, or apart from, other animals; and


    (5)     its need