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CRIMINAL CODE 1899 - SECT 242
Serious animal cruelty
242 Serious animal cruelty
(1) A person who, with the intention of inflicting severe pain or suffering,
unlawfully kills, or causes serious injury or prolonged suffering to, an
animal commits a crime.
Maximum penalty—7 years
(2) An act or omission that causes the death of, or
serious injury or prolonged suffering to, an animal is unlawful unless it is
authorised, justified or excused by—
Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 ; or
(b) another law, other than
section 458 of this Code.
(3) In this section—
"serious injury" means—
(a) the loss of a distinct part or an organ of the
(b) a bodily injury of such a nature that, if left untreated,
(i) endanger, or be likely to endanger, life; or
(ii) cause, or be
likely to cause, permanent injury to health.
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