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16 1933



Preliminary and General.

Short title.

1. —This Act may be cited as the Musk Rats Act, 1933.


2. —(1) In this Act—

the expression “the Minister” means the Minister for Agriculture;

the expression “musk rat” means any animal of the species designated Fiber zibethicus or Ondatra zibethica, and commonly known as the musk rat, or musquash;

the word “land” includes land covered with water and any buildings and any other erection on land and any cellar, sewer, drain, or culvert in or under land;

the word “prescribed” means prescribed by regulations made by the Minister under this Act.

(2) For the purposes of this Act every musk rat, other than a musk rat kept under and in accordance with a musk rat licence shall be deemed to be at large.

Authorised officers.

3. —The Minister may authorise in writing any person (including, with the consent of a committee of agriculture, an officer of such committee) to exercise the powers conferred on an authorised officer by this Act, and every person so authorised shall be an authorised officer for the purposes of this Act.

Non-transferability of licences.

4. —No licence granted by the Minister under this Act shall be capable of being transferred.

Prosecution of offences.

5. —An offence under any section of this Act may be prosecuted by or at the suit of the Minister as prosecutor.


6. —The Minister may by order make regulations in relation to any matter or thing referred to in this Act as prescribed.

Disposal of fees.

7. —All fees received by the Minister under this Act shall be collected and accounted for in such manner as shall be prescribed by the Minister with the sanction of the Minister for Finance.


8. —All expenses incurred by the Minister under this Act shall, to such extent as may be sanctioned by the Minister for Finance, be paid out of moneys provided by the Oireachtas.