The Criminal Damage Act 1971 provides specific excuses for what would otherwise be offences under the Act1. Thus, a defendant is excused if at the time of the alleged offence he believed2 that the person whom he believed3 to be entitled to consent to the destruction of or damage to the animal in question had so consented or would have so consented if he had known of it and its circumstances4; or if the defendant acted as he did in order to protect property belonging to himself or another or
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