2 Interpretation
  • (1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—

    disturb, in relation to any domestic animal, means to disturb the animal to an extent that causes harm to the animal, or material loss or material inconvenience to the person who owns it or is in charge of it

    domestic animal means—

    • (a) an animal of any of the following kinds when not in a wild state, namely, horses, cattle, sheep, and swine, within the meaning of the Animals Act 1967, and poultry within the meaning of the Poultry Act 1968; and

    • (b) any deer that is being lawfully kept in captivity within a deer-proof fence; and

    • (c) any goat that is being lawfully kept in captivity within a goat-proof fence; and

    • (d) any rabbit that is being lawfully kept in captivity; and

    • (e) any wild animal within the meaning of the Wild Animal Control Act 1977 that is being lawfully kept in captivity—

      • (i) in a zoological garden; or

      • (ii) in a manner or by a restraining device that will prevent its escape

    occupier, in relation to any place or land, means any person in lawful occupation of that place or land; and includes any employee or other person acting under the authority of any person in lawful occupation of that place or land

    private land means any land alienated from the Crown in fee simple or for any lesser estate or interest and any land, whether alienated from the Crown or not, of which any person is in actual occupation or in receipt of the rent or profits

    weapon means any gun, rifle, airgun, or air rifle; and includes any kind of weapon or device from which any shot, bullet, arrow, tranquillising dart, or other missile can be discharged.

    (2) Where, except by virtue of this subsection, no person is the occupier of any place or land, the owner of that place or land shall, for the purposes of this Act, be deemed to be its occupier.

    Compare: 1968 No 52 s 2