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It is illegal to ‘handle salmon in suspicious circumstances’

In the UK it is illegal to handle a salmon under suspicious circumstances’. This is an offence under the Salmon Act of 1986. The law was actually designed to prevent people selling fish gained through illicit means – rather than those holding them, well, in a suspicious way.

Apparently, a five-hour House of Lords debate about the issue in February 1986 decided on the wording and thought that it would protect unwitting people from the then-in-place wider law of “possessing salmon which have been illegally taken, killed or landed”.

Source:

https://www.lawcom.gov.uk/app/uploads/2015/03/Legal_Oddities.pdf

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