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Animal offences—permanent prohibition on animal ownership etc

    (1)     This section applies if—

        (a)     a court has convicted or found guilty a person of an offence against section 7A (Aggravated cruelty); and

        (b)     the court believes that it is reasonably likely the person will contravene part 2 (Animal welfare offences) if the person were to own, keep, care for or control an animal.

    (2)     The court may, in addition to any penalty which it may otherwise impose, make an order that the person must not, either individually or jointly with another person—

        (a)     purchase or acquire an animal; or

        (b)     keep, care for or control an animal.

    (3)     In making an order the court must consider—

        (a)     the offence committed by the person; and

        (b)     any other conviction or finding of guilt of the person against an offence under a territory law, or the law of a State, in relation to animal welfare.

Note     State includes the Northern Territory (see Legislation Act

, dict, pt 1).

    (4)     A person commits an offence if the person fails to comply with an order made under subsection (2).

Maximum penalty: 50 penalty units, imprisonment for 6 months or both.

    (5)     Subsection (3) does not limit the matters the court may consider.

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