The Press 24/2/98(New Zealand)

RCD regulations illegal - Committee

The regulations legalising rabbit calicivirus are illegal and should be replaced by suitable legislation, the Regulations review Committee says. The regulations override the Animals Act, which makes it illegal to introduce or spread the virus. The committee yesterdaysaid the regualtions were legally invalid, and the Government's consultations when drawing up the regulations were flawed. Chairman Johnathan Hunt said a decision had been made to promulgate the regulations prior to the closing date for submissions on the proposal.

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