280. Offence of releasing certain species of wild animal.

If any person releases or allows to escape into the wild any animal which is of a kind which is not ordinarily resident in and is not a regular visitor to Great Britain1 in a wild state, or is included in the list of non-native animals2, the list of native species3 or the list of animals no longer present4, he is guilty of an offence5. It is a defence to prove that the accused took all reasonable steps and exercised all due diligence to avoid committing the offence6.

The above offence does not apply in relation to any act which