53 Duties of owners of organisms

(1)

Subject to subsection (2), the owner or person in charge of an organism which that person knows or suspects constitutes, contains, or harbours a pest or unwanted organism must not—

(a)

cause or permit that organism to be in a place where organisms are offered for sale or are exhibited; or

(b)

sell or offer that organism for sale; or

(c)

propagate, breed, or multiply the pest or unwanted organism or otherwise act in such a manner as is likely to encourage or cause the propagation, breeding, or multiplication of the pest or unwanted organism.

(2)

A chief technical officer may permit an owner or person in charge of an organism to carry out an act otherwise prohibited by this section.

(3)

Permission given under this section must be given either by notice in the Gazette or in writing to the owner or person in charge of an organism.

Compare: 1967 No 50 s 49; 1970 No 151 s 28; 1978 No 15 s 49

Section 53(1): replaced, on 26 November 1997, by section 28(1) of the Biosecurity Amendment Act 1997 (1997 No 89).

Section 53(2): replaced, on 26 November 1997, by section 28(2) of the Biosecurity Amendment Act 1997 (1997 No 89).

Section 53(3): inserted, on 26 November 1997, by section 28(2) of the Biosecurity Amendment Act 1997 (1997 No 89).