Crimes Amendment Act (No 2) 2003

5 New sections 298A and 298B inserted
  • The principal Act is amended by inserting, after section 298, the following sections:

    298A Causing disease or sickness in animals
    • (1) Every one is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years who, without lawful justification or reasonable excuse, directly or indirectly causes or produces in an animal a disease or sickness that causes a situation of a kind described in subsection (2) to occur, either—

      • (a) intending a situation of that kind to occur; or

      • (b) being reckless as to whether a situation of that kind occurs.

      (2) A situation of a kind referred to in subsection (1) is a situation that—

      • (a) constitutes a serious risk to the health or safety of an animal population; and

      • (b) is likely, directly or indirectly, to cause major damage to the national economy of New Zealand.

    298B Contaminating food, crops, water, or other products
    • Every one is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years who contaminates food, crops, water, or any other products, without lawful justification or reasonable excuse, and either knowing or being reckless as to whether the food, crops, water, or products are intended for human consumption, and—

      • (a) intending to harm a person or reckless as to whether any person is harmed; or

      • (b) intending to cause major economic loss to a person or reckless as to whether major economic loss is caused to any person; or

      • (c) intending to cause major damage to the national economy of New Zealand or reckless as to whether major damage is caused to the national economy of New Zealand.